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Our department has started to implement several community policing programs to help bridge the gap between citizens and law enforcement. Our Neighborhood Watch, Crimestoppers, and Safe Route to School programs have gain quite a bit of support. We are still looking for other ways to include the community in our policing efforts and to increase the communication with the people we serve. To the LEOs out there, what are some other programs you have used? To the non-LEOS, what would you like to see in your local law enforcement to enhance policing efforts and increase communication?

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All are fine ideas my friend.Although I have been retired for a number of years,my city also was a forward looking city with our P.D. having initiated "shop with a cop"--Neighborhood watch groups-a large Police Community Relations Squad,which I belionged to for a tour,Police camp for children,which operated all through the Fall,Summer and Spring.-Panel discussions with civic groups to develop better relations between law enforcement and the citizens.-Boxing matches,basketball games,etc.Our officers also traveled throughout the city to provide seminars as to how to keep ypur house,car,property and family safe.This has become a more important aspect ,through the years ,en re to relations with the public and for the most partr seems to have a positive response...

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 Citizens Academy- Showing off the department and its special units to the people in this class. Letting the citizens know what each job in the department does and how they operate. Give citizens an inside look of who the department operates. 


Dare Program. Drug program.


Elderly Program- Use of retired or admin people to assist the elderly people with things such as food, changing batteries, smoke dectors, and other things to help the elderly stay safe.


Scared Straight Program- Just like the show you see on A&E. 


Women's Self Defense- teach women rape defense and other defensive moves to protect themselves against an attack. 


Youth Arbitration- Taking the youth and putting them through a community based program that makes them do community service along with writting essays. But it lets the community, offender and police work together to fix the problem with the juvenile. 


check out my departments web site under programs and services for more. If your interested in anything let me know. w w w. rcsd.net


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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Forget all the fancy programs.  Have all the officers work the beat and do an old fashioned foot patrol at least once.  Be courteous to all citizen's and communicate with them. That will go a long way towards building community relations and you will also gain good Intel. 

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In my department we'll stop at the local convience stores and dollar stores and visit with the clerks and patrons. We also assist with crossing the kiddos that go to the elementary school during the school year. We'll also assist with traffic control for the motorcycle groups when they have their bike runs. We frequently stop in at a local restaurant and visit with the other diners.


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schultzy04, this is a GREAT topic!!


Trunks is spot on about foot patrols.  Nothing better.  One of the little barrios here there's a small Mexican restaurant that's an after school social hub and during school hours everyone from the city offices on down to the cop on the beat stops in to eat tacos - surfers and clergy included.


SE - Right on especially about BOXING!  I have always thought sparring and boxing matches is a perfect way to build positive police/youth relations. 


Rypete, I love the program where your LEOs assist kids crossing to school.  Urban kids develop fear of police early on, when all they really want to do is get closer to police - whom they admire.  Those few minutes of friendly contact can offset a whole lot of negative talk in gang-plagued communities.  Kids remember this.


Strykerbrig21, your department sounds like it is really addressing a wide range of public safety issues as it builds public trust.  I love the senior program! And the women's self-defense program!  I am sooo glad your department is finding budget money for these!

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We have no official programs but I do visit with the teenagers when they are parked and visit with them. you would be surprised on how much you will learn by doing this. These kids will open up to you when they know they can trust you. 


Good topic  


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Great ideas in here folks. I know some people do not like official programs, but sometimes having something organized is all it takes to spur people in the direction we want them to go. In old style policing, there was no need for programs, because officers got to know their beat and spent their entire shift getting to know people. The younger generations seem to have lost that type of community policing attitude.


I always encourage my guys to get involved in some type of community program, whether it is sponsored by our agency or not. I coach, officiate, do scouting, and am part of NHW and our community policing board. That type of exposure helps the community see me as a human. I get plenty of help from people I know from these organizations.  There are some good ideas here. I would like to hear from non-leos what things they would like to see to improve their relationships with the departments in their area.

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Junior Police Academy for kids


Safe Night Out (not to be confused with National Night Out) - we held a street fair on Mischief Night (Goosey Night, etc) for the kids. We even had a "Dunk the Cop" dunking booth which was very popular.


Walking beats.


Bicycle Safety


Infant Car Seat inspections and installation by certified officers


We did this a few years ago and another PD in our area just started doing it again... We gave kids a gift certificate for a free ice cream from the local Dairy Queen when we saw them riding bikes with helmets on while on patrol. Every officer was part of this program and it helped break down the barrier between kids and cops.


Regular tours of headquarters for boy scouts, girls scouts,, community groups and anyone else who wanted to have one.


Citizen patrols (sort of like neighborhood watch) - we had regular meetings with the "captains" to give them updates on trends.


We also offered mediation sessions for neighbor disputes to try to de-escalate those little feuds that sometimes propped up in order to try to solve their issues before they rose to a "police matter".


 


I could go on and on, but these are a few of the things I did when I was the CP officer.


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 I agree with trunks1701 on this one. I participate in a community watch program and it is great as the community is very small. There are many active participants. The problem I have is that the participants aren't the ones committing the crimes so garnering intel is still just as tedious. Walking a beat is where you put a face to a uniform. Going out and speaking to people one on one or in a group is how to impress upon them hat A) you're a human being just like them and B) putting out a positive image for LEO's in general. I like speaking to people to get a hint as to what may be bothering them in the neighborhood, how we can improve, and to let them know we are approachable. Remember a lot of what we do is PR and we are the face of law enforcement for many in the general public. What we do and how we come off is the difference between a positive and negative experience. That doesn't mean sugarcoat every little thing, people still need to be slammed around from time to time but when speaking to folks in a non-confrontational way........be nice.


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Yesterday we had a "Guns vs Hoses" charity softball game. We smoked them, and in the process raised over 2000 dollars for youth wrestling. Every year we rotate youth organizations. As an avid baseball fan, this is my favorite community policing activity. Today, we are setting up a booth at our Lewis and Clark Days celebration and are giving out cups, pencils, coloring books, and child identification kits. It is very windy, but hopefully we'll get a good turnout.

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I think one important tool, while it might not be popular among LEOs, is ride alongs. When I was a senior in high school, I took a law class. One of the requirements of the class was to either go to the county courthouse and observe court proceedings, or go on a ride along with the sheriff's office.


Many elected to do the ride along. And everyone who went on the ride along had a great time. I think it is important for law enforcement to establish some sort of rapport with the youth, and this was a great way in doing so.


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In the aftermath (riots, looting and destruction) of the first Rodney King trial and verdicts, the Los Angeles Police Department directed all of its Division Commanders to come up with ideas to involve the communities and the citizens of Los Angeles and bridge the gap that has now had a very serious wedge driven into it and thus in the city of Los Angeles, the idea of "Community Policing" was born.


In response to this directive, the Harbor Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, under the direction of Capt. Timothy King (May he R.I.P), started the department's first ever Citizen's Academy.  Different from other citizen's academies that I have ever seen, the graduates of this program were offered the opportunity to volunteer in various functions at the station level and to assist the officers and detectives in various capacities such as making follow-up phone calls for the detectives on cases they were working.  The more senior graduates who were retired and were computer savvy, created a computer program tracking burglary reports and to work with pawn shops to index and track items that were pawned and identify stolen property.  The net result was a win-win as in the first month they cleared several burglary and theft reports that previously had been sitting stagnant.  I was part of this first ever Citizen's Academy and was assigned to work the station front counter.  My job was to answer calls to the station and take initial reports over the counter or by telephone.  The reports back then were "hand written" reports and having been a basic academy graduate at the time and not working to that point for any police department, I saw it as a way to work in the environment and keep some of the skills that I had learned in the basic academy.  I took several of those reports while I was there that resulted in arrests.


On January 17, 1994 at approximately 0431 hours, the region was hit with a magnitude 6.7 earthquake that would later become known as the Northridge Earthquake with the Northridge community of the San Fernando Valley and an area covered by the Los Angeles Police Department as part of the city.  Following the earthquake were several aftershocks measuring a magnitude 6 on the "Richter Scale."  Shaking from this earthquake were felt as far away as Las Vegas, Nevada.  57 people lost their lives and over 5000 people were injured.  I was literally thrown from my bed during this earthquake.  I immediately recognized this as a very serious event and having checked on the safety of other residents at my apartment building, I attempted to call the station only to find that our phone lines were not working.  I turned on my scanner to the frequency used by the Harbor Division and took it upon myself to navigate the dark streets with no working streetlights or traffic signals and get to the station.  I had already been taking phone calls and assisting station operation when Capt King was putting on his boots while sitting at the watch commanders desk and asking if the citizen academy volunteers could be called up.  My presence allowed for another uniformed officer to hit the streets in the division that morning.


In all of the chaos that followed the initial earthquake, it was one phone call while I was working the counter that left a lasting impression on both the caller and me as the call taker.  A female caller called the station.  She was in a state of panic after the earthquake, telling me that she was a single parent of a 4 month old child and had recently moved to the harbor area only months previous.  She went on to explain that she had never experienced an earthquake before and she didn't know what to do.  Coming from Wisconsin and having no family around, having never experienced an earthquake of any size, she was scared and didn't know what to do.  I realized that despite the fact that she had no idea of who I was and if I was a police officer or citizen volunteer and probably didn't care.  At that moment she was counting on me to help her.  We started talking about where she had come from and mixed in instructions on things to check.  How was the baby? Was there anything that had fallen or could fall into the crib and onto the child?  Let's move those things that may cause her injury if they fell.  Were there any signs of structural damage like cracks in the walls or ceilings?  Were there any signs of problems with the utilities, water and gas?  All of these places were checked while talking about her family in other locations.  As we talked and continued checking her residence, she calmed down and began feeling more at ease.  At the end of the call she thanked me for helping her and for giving her a feeling of peace and comfort amid her fears.  What impacted me was how as a citizen member of the community we all are to each other.  It brought home the sense of community involvement and how important the citizen is to LE and the LE to the citizen.


The department that I currently work for as a sworn officer, is moving forward with a "Police Explorer" program that is gaining more and more popularity every month.  In the works are programs that will include "citizen's volunteers" and "citizen patrols."  We'll see how these programs work out.

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 I would personally like to see ride alongs. You would think it's a crime going into a PD these days and ask if they have a ride along program. I went to about 10 different departments in my area and only 1 actually did them. The officer I did my ride along was really good, I made a thread on it a while back. 

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Bump.............


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We do ride alongs. We don't get a lot of people that want to go, though.


 

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Let you tell it!!! Thank YOU, Skooclop!!!


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...At the end of the call she thanked me for helping her and for giving her a feeling of peace and comfort amid her fears.  What impacted me was how as a citizen member of the community we all are to each other.  It brought home the sense of community involvement and how important the citizen is to LE and the LE to the citizen...



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Schultzy, I would fly to your town to go on a ride-along.  Maybe ride-alongs could be a prize for kids who improve their behavior, attendance and academic performance??

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Ok Marly if you come all this way to ride along with Schultzy then you can come East a couple hundred miles then you can ride with me too. LOL 


Although I am picky about who I let ride with me. hehehe


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Gee, thanks, Gude!!  Wait, are we talking patrol car or horseback??


Hey - If I work it right, I could ride-along clear across the USA!!


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Patrol car you silly kid. We are in the 21st century here in our area too. We even have highways and computers. LOL


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MarlyB says ...



Gee, thanks, Gude!!  Wait, are we talking patrol car or horseback??


Hey - If I work it right, I could ride-along clear across the USA!!


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No way you make it all the way across..............You gotta be illegal in at least half the states and wanted in the rest.



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No Klamm, seriously, I've already started writing a federal grant for the Cross-Country Ride-Along project. 

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Marly we already have that the transients use this now. they catch a ride from one jurisdiction to another.


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Guder you gave away my Ride the Rails Project proposal!! 


 


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 Virtual Ride Alongs(If the dept has social media sites). I've seen these used a lot here. Citizens seem to love them.


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Virtual ride-alongs?  Kinda takes the reality of tedium out of it when you can get up and go raid the fridge and make phone calls during "patrol."


Odorless, colorless 'community policing.' 


Guess nobody has to worry who ate too many onions at lunch. Sigh.  lol

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MarlyB says ...



Virtual ride-alongs?  Kinda takes the reality of tedium out of it when you can get up and go raid the fridge and make phone calls during "patrol."


Odorless, colorless 'community policing.' 


Guess nobody has to worry who ate too many onions at lunch. Sigh.  lol



Kinda like the idea...no dress code either..


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Yeah, in fact...they could design it so nobody has to show up on-ground.  lol

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