It seems there is no escaping the continuous "bad news" about the economic downturn and its impact on crime—which is rising in some parts of the country. If you are a law enforcement officer you know the connection first hand. If you're a community crime prevention practitioner, you are probably frustrated by the reduced resources available to help you fight crime in your community.
Now more than ever police departments need to rely on free materials and resources to help them get the job done. Law enforcement agencies like the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) are using a new set of complimentary resources from NCPC to handle issues such as crimes against seniors to burglary and property theft prevention. The materials, designed by NCPC with the support of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, include a series of palm cards, fliers, and posters on current crime trends that complement a radio initiative, Rapid Response, released late last year.
The PPD is working with NCPC on a successful Safer Seniors public education campaign. Since the launch PPD and NCPC have completed more than 20 training programs, placed more than 200 posters in community and senior centers, provided direct safety information and training to 900 residents, and distributed more than 5,000 cobranded tips brochures and fliers. Though the PPD has recently launched a second public education campaign in response to increasing burglaries in the area, its crime prevention officers continue to receive calls for information and more training on senior safety.
Are you taking advantage of the free resources from NCPC? If not, what are you waiting for? Check out the downloadable PDF files at NCPC.org. Next month NCPC will post seven new radio messages and Spanish language versions of the print resources.