The police are an important part of the community and are responsible for maintaining law and order. Working hard every day to keep their communities safe and secure; they cannot do it alone. Civilians can play an important role in helping support their local police.
Be a Good Witness
If a crime is witnessed, civilians can play an important role in helping the police catch the suspect. Take note of as many details as possible including:
- Who or what was seen
- When it was seen
- Where it occurred
- Why it's suspicious
Report Suspicious Activity
If there is suspicious neighborhood activity, it's worth reporting it to 911. This could be a variety of activities including a stranger lurking around the neighborhood, a car driving slowly or aimlessly down the street, people peering into parked vehicles that are not their own, abandoned parcels or other items in unusual locations, unusual noises, including screaming, sounds of fighting or breaking glass and people in or around buildings or areas who do not appear to be conducting legitimate business. 911 call takers will evaluate and respond to the provided information.
Provide Community Information
Civilians can provide valuable information to the police about their community. For example, knowledge about a house that is frequently used for drug activities and other signs of disorder and neglect (e.g., gang activity, abandoned cars, and broken windows) that, although perhaps not criminal, can eventually lead to serious crime. By sharing this information with the police, they will have a better understanding of the criminal activity in the area.
Attend Community Meetings
Community meetings are a great way to get involved with the local police. By learning about crime trends in the area and offering feedback and suggestions, this is a great opportunity to build a relationship with the local police and show support.
Support Police Programs
There are many police programs that need support from civilians, such as drug education programs, youth programs, and neighborhood watch programs. By supporting these programs, civilians can help the police keep communities safe and secure.
Thank the Police
Finally, it's important to thank the police for their hard work. This could be as simple as writing a letter or making a phone call to the station. Words of gratitude can go a long way in showing the police that their hard work and dedication is appreciated.
In conclusion, civilians can play an important role in helping support their local police. By being a good witness, reporting suspicious activity, providing community information, attending community meetings, supporting police programs, and thanking the police, civilians can help keep their communities safe and secure.