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The Community Relations Division is staffed by one full-time employee who acts as a liaison between the Police Department and the citizens we serve. The Community Relations Specialist oversees Crime Prevention Programs as well as a variety of other programs with the assistance of both patrol and investigation personnel. Along with McGruff the Crime Dog, Fingerprinting of children, Bicycle Safety Rodeos, and Seat belt Safety, other programs include:

  • Amber Alert System is a team effort between broadcasters and police to help find abducted children swiftly and safely.
  • Business Watch/Notification Program was designed to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between cash retail business and law enforcement to form a partnership in the prevention of crime. An e-mail alert system was created to alert businesses of any suspicious activities or flimflams.
  • Check Fraud is an educational service to businesses on how to prevent check fraud since this is a significant loss of profit for businesses.
  • Citizens Police Academy is a Community Policing initiative to educate citizens who either live or work in Front Royal/Warren County on the services delivered by the Police Department. Courses taught include patrol techniques, traffic enforcement, criminal investigation procedures, SWAT operations/negotiations, K-9 procedures, as well as crime prevention initiatives.
  • Community Awareness Bulletin is an e-mail program for citizens, by request only, who are interested in Crime Prevention and educational opportunities.
  • Con Games Program monitors the alerts of current flimflams. The Police Department's Investigation Division is a member of the National Association of Bunco Investigators, Inc. Whenever a fraud is reported, notifications are sent to news media and local businesses.
  • HEAT Program joins the Virginia State Police, in partnership with the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and law enforcement agencies throughout Virginia, to Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT). The Program offers cash rewards to people with information that leads to an arrest of a suspect who has carjacked a vehicle or is in possession of a stolen vehicle.
  • "Lock It Up" is an awareness program to remind citizens to always lock their vehicles in any location to help prevent theft from the vehicle.
  • National Night Out is held on the first Tuesday in August each year. It is a block party celebration of Crime Prevention with vendors, neighborhoods, and law enforcement together.
  • Neighborhood Watch Program allows citizens to make a real difference in their neighborhood by attacking crime. The Police Department assists interested parties in starting a program.
  • Night Patrol & Business Checks are performed by the Patrol Division in the business districts of the community nightly. Officers are trained in burglary detention and spend 3 - 4 hours checking businesses during the night shift. They also walk the concentrated business districts and physically check establishments for signs of burglaries.
  • Notification of Banks is an e-mail program to instantly notify banks of fraudulent activity in the area.
  • Police Foundation is comprised of supportive business leaders and citizens who act as an advisory board to promote citizen involvement in police activities. The Foundation also solicits and manages community generated contributions and raises awareness of the important unbudgeted or "discretionary" needs that will improve crime prevention and law enforcement.
  • Refuse to Be a Victim is an NRA-sponsored course of personal crime prevention awareness methods and public safety.
  • Ride-A-Long Program allows citizens to ride with an officer and see what police work is about.
  • Robbery Seminars explain the proper procedure to follow in case of a robbery. Bank managers use this service as training for their personnel.
  • Operation Blue Christmas provides Christmas presents to needy children and their families. Several Police Department personnel take children shopping with funds donated from the community. This Program is in partnership with the Front Royal Police Foundation
  • Slow Down in our Town Campaign is a yearly effort to get motorists to reduce speeding through voluntary compliance. The Speed Trailer is set up in targeted areas during one month out of the calendar year. The Campaign is a team effort between the Police Department and Jim Kenney Insurance.
  • Tours of Police Department are offered upon request to school children, church groups, daycares and anyone else who wants to see the building and equipment.
  • V.I.N. Etching is a crime prevention program in partnership with the Virginia State Police, helping to protect vehicles against car theft.
  • VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service) Volunteers in Police Service allows citizens who pass a background check to serve as volunteers in the department and preform a varied amount of duties in assistance to the officers as well as the administrative staff and the Crime Prevention office.
  • Warren County TRIAD/S.A.L.T. was designed to reduce the criminal victimization of the elderly and enhance the delivery of law enforcement service to seniors. The S.A.L.T. Council acts as an advocacy/advisory group and provides a forum for the exchange of information between seniors and law enforcement.
  • Youth Police Academy is a program similar to the Citizen's Academy, but geared toward High School students of Warren County. The program builds a rapport between law enforcement and students that is vital in preventing violence in our schools. This is a joint effort with the Warren County Sheriff's Office.
Last Updated ( Friday, 14 March 2014 15:49 )