It is the responsibility of the Crime Prevention Unit to form and maintain partnerships between the department and the community, promote communication between the community and the department by holding meetings with members of the community. Educating the community on how to prevent crimes from occurring is the main mission.
We work closely with the community to ensure problems are solved jointly by preventing crime by means of a pro-active approach. Officer work in a partnership with the local community to deal with crime issues in the community. We achieve the goals of the Crime Prevention Unit and police department and are responsible for compiling and maintaining a profile of a region or area of patrol; identifying the causes of crime in the department's jurisdiction; identifying the need for crime prevention operations/ projects; developing and coordinating those projects; and attending community meetings.
Knowing your neighbors helps awareness of suspicious activity in your neighborhood. In addition, in case of a natural disaster it is helpful to know which of your neighbors may need assistance i.e., elderly, physically handicapped, non-English speaking, etc.