October is Crime Prevention Month, a Time to Celebrate Safe Communities
Celebrate Safe Communities (CSC) is crime prevention done the right way – local people working with local law enforcement to address local issues. CSC spotlights communities’ crime prevention efforts, enhances public awareness of vital crime prevention and safety messages, and recruits year-round support for ongoing prevention activities that help people keep neighborhoods safe from crime and prepared for any emergency. Celebrate Safe Communities is brought to you by the National Crime Prevention Council and the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice. It was developed in 2008 in partnership with the National Sheriffs’ Association to promote crime prevention in local communities across the country.
In support of Crime Prevention Month, the VIPS Program submitted a guest blog post on the National Crime Prevention Council’s Prevention Works Blog. The post highlighted some of the important crime prevention tasks that law enforcement volunteers support and encouraged new volunteers to use the VIPS website to learn more about local opportunities. Click here to read the blog post.
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This October, Celebrate Safe Communities
The desire to keep communities safe and crime low is a primary reason individuals get involved in VIPS programs. October is Crime Prevention Month, a time to celebrate this passion for public safety with your volunteers and the community at large. Listen to the latest podcast for ideas.
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IACP’s Youth Focused Policing Resource Center
The International Association of Chiefs of Police in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has launched the Youth Focused Policing Resource Center.
The Youth Focused Policing Resource Center provides law enforcement with:
- a clearinghouse of information and resources relating to youth crime, delinquency and victimization
- a searchable directory of law enforcement programs and services for youth from across the nation
- training and technical assistance available in the area of juvenile justice
- information on IACP’s projects and resources including the Youth Focused Policing Pilot Cities Initiative
- a secure discussion forum to share information, obtain resources, seek and provide mentoring as well as exchange ideas
- a searchable resource library of no-cost tools including sample documents from law enforcement programs for youth such as brochures, applications, program flyers, evaluation/review templates, policies and procedures.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question of the Month Results
Each month, a new Question of the Month, is posted to the VIPS website. The September Question of the Month, "Many natural disasters and emergencies have occurred since National Preparedness Month 2010. Have your department volunteers helped during a disaster or emergency in your community?" received 83 responses:
- 57 percent of respondents replied yes,
- 27 percent of respondents replied no, and
- 17 percent of respondents replied I don't know.
Visit the website for October's Question of the Month, "Will your agency host a Crime Prevention Month event? If so, which theme will you address?"
Newly Registered Programs
The following programs registered with the VIPS Program in September:
- Duchesne County, Utah, Sheriff's Office
- Fayetteville, Georgia, Police Department
- Freetown, Massachusetts, Police Department
- Jacksonville, Illinois, Police Department
- Kiowa, Colorado, Police Community Safety Volunteers
- Ormond Beach, Florida, Police Department
- Saginaw Township, Michigan, Police Department
- Vineland New Jersey Police Department Chaplain Corp Program