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Community Policing

The Takoma Park Police Department is committed to providing the highest quality of police services by promoting an environment where police department employees and the community work in a partnership with a goal of improving the quality of life within our expanding multi-ethnic community, while at the same time maintaining respect for the diversity, individual rights and dignity of all residents. This is integral towards developing and maintain strong relationships. Our goal is to continue to expand these relationships, especially with those within our community that may have mistrust of the police.

Community Outreach:

The Takoma Park Police Department continues to participate in the following outreach efforts:

Community Police Academy:  A program in which members of the community are educated in different functions and components of the Takoma Park Police Department, including but not limited to communications, criminal law/investigations, traffic law, victim/witness rights, driving under the influence, use of force/Tasers, speed camera program, emergency preparedness, firearms, media relations, gangs, bicycle law, canine program, patrol, crime analysis and community policing.

Junior Police Explorers:  An on-going program for kids aged 14 to 21 to be a part of the police department and who are educated in different functions and components of the Takoma Park Police Department, including but not limited to communications, criminal law/investigations, traffic law, victim/witness rights, driving under the influence, use of force/Tasers, speed camera program, emergency preparedness, firearms, media relations, gangs, bicycle law, canine program, patrol, crime analysis and community policing.  They are given various opportunities for volunteer work and participation in police functions, such as the 4th of July Parade, Police Week activities, etc.

Unity in the Community:  It is important to the Takoma Park Police Department to have meaningful interaction, open dialogue and strengthened relationships between community residents and the police officers who serve and protect them. Unity in the Community is an initiative started by Meaghan Murphy, co-owner of Capital City Cheesecake, Mayor Kate Stewart and the Takoma Park Police Department that focuses on community policing. The initiative was created as a plan of action to build upon the continuation of community responses throughout the nation to unite local police departments with their communities into one collective voice. The initiative is a step Takoma Park has taken to create and strengthen relationships between the Takoma Park Police Department, elected city officials and community residents by expanding opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds to come together through community dialogue, relationship-building events, sustained partnerships and fundraising campaigns. Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend, volunteer or lend their services.

 

Click it or Ticket Campaign:  A campaign during the month of May to raise awareness of the importance of wearing a seatbelt and using the proper child safety seats while operating or riding in a motor vehicle.

Police Notification List:  To sign up for notifications from the police department, visit www.takomaparkmd.gov/police and click on the link and put a name, email address and then click any of the boxes of topics you would like to receive.  It can be updated as many times as the user likes.

Home Security Surveys:  Survey of the strengths and weaknesses of security measures of a residence (fences, locks, alarms, etc.).  It is conducted by an officer trained in completing security surveys.  The officer provides information on how to reinforce the weak security measures.

House Checks:  Services offered to residents who will be away on vacation for a lengthy period of time (usually one week or more).  A police officer responds to the residence on a daily basis to ensure that no crime (such as a burglary) has occurred to the residence.

National Night Out:  An annual event held by individual communities at which time they demonstrate their commitment to being partners in the fight against crime.

Police Chief’s Advisory Board:  A group of residents or business owners who live or work within the City and who meet on a regular basis to discuss community issues and how the police department can be of service.

Ride-Along Program:  Provides residents the opportunity to ride in a marked police cruiser alongside a patrol officer to observe the daily duties of an officer.

Take 25” Awareness Program:  Celebrated in the month of May and nationally recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  It raises awareness of child safety and encourages parents to take 25 minutes of their time to educate their children in the importance of personal safety.

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