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Policing on the web
Article Type: Policing on the web From: Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Volume 37, Issue 3
Celebrate safe communities
Much of policing involves efforts to prevent crime. Whether engaging in routine patrol, assisting a neighborhood watch or mentoring at-risk youth through athletics programs, police engage in a great deal of crime prevention. Many times these crime prevention efforts involve various groups in the community – some highly motivated and others rather timid. Such efforts often go unseen or get lost in the day-to-day shuffle of community life. However, there is a program whose mission it is to celebrate these efforts. Celebrate Safe Communities is a program of the National Crime Prevention Council which began in 2008, was the product of a partnership between the National Crime Prevention Council and two other agencies the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Sheriffs’ Association.
The Celebrate Safe Communities program involves more than celebrating the successes of community and law enforcement crime prevention efforts. The program also provides valuable resources that may help local community groups and law enforcement achieve success in their crime prevention efforts. Groups who register an event as a Celebrate Safe Communities event can access downloadable resources via the program's web site (www.ncpc.org/programs/celebrate-safe-communities) for use at their event. These resources are conveniently separated into groupings determined by the intended audience. For example, through the web site for the Celebrate Safe Communities program, groups can access resources intended for business owners or the general public; for teens or parents or k-12 educators and administrators; for civic organizations or service organizations or the media; for elected officials or local agencies; for military families or home owners or college students. The list of available resources is truly staggering. All of the resources are available for download free of charge. However, for groups who wish to do so, there is the option to purchase a choice of three event starter kits for $100 each. Each kit includes different combinations of pre-printed materials including comic books, neighborhood watch brochures and, of course, crime prevention literature featuring McGruff the Crime Dog. The program also offers training opportunities for members of the local law enforcement and community groups involved in crime prevention. These training opportunities are in the form of webinars available via the web site of the Celebrate Safe Communities program which can assist with explaining the Celebrating Safe Communities program and working with the media to guarantee a great event.
To qualify as a Celebrate Safe Communities event, an event needs to be a crime prevention effort conducted in collaboration with a law enforcement agency. Any event is eligible for registration regardless of size or type of event. Probably most importantly, the event must be registered with the Celebrate Safe Communities program. In 2013, there were Celebrate Safe Communities events in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Registration takes only a few minutes and can be done via the program's web site.
Overall, the Celebrate Safe Communities program offers community groups planning a crime prevention event a great place to start. The list of downloadable crime prevention resources alone are worth the visit.
J.W. Carter II
Department of Criminology, College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
1.National Crime Prevention Council, available at www.ncpc.org/programs/celebrate-safe-communities/ (accessed June 6, 2014).
About the author
Dr J.W. Carter II received his BA in Criminal Justice with a concentration in law enforcement in 1995 from the Marshall University in Huntington, WV. He completed his MS in Criminal Justice in 1997 which he also received from the Marshall University. In 2011, Dr Carter completed his PhD in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. His doctoral dissertation examined the responses of local law enforcement to the growing threat of internet crime. In 2012, Dr Carter became a Certified Instructor of the A.L.i.C.E. program. Since that time, Dr Carter and two of his colleagues have trained over 600 members of the Mount Community to survive an active shooter situation. Dr Carter's current research focusses on developing innovative pedagogical approaches to criminal justice and criminology. He is also interested in internet crime. In his spare time, Dr Carter is an avid book collector who enjoys exploring dusty used book stores. Dr J.W. Carter II can be contacted at: mailto:James_carter@mail.msj.edu