The Community Engagement Unit (C.E.U.) provides a proactive approach to law enforcement through community policing. Officers work closely with residents, community groups, and youth to address problems. Community policing programs include the Irondequoit Police Volunteers and Neighborhood Watch, DARE and other school programs, special police and crossing guards -- all of which are the responsibility of the Community Engagement Unit.
The Irondequoit Police Department Community Engagement Unit offers a bicycle registration program that is free of charge for the residents of Irondequoit.
After turning in the registration post card residents will recieve a registration sticker to place on the main frame of their bike. The program is designed to quickly identify the owners of lost or stolen bicycles that are recovered by the Irondequoit Police Department.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Community Engagement Unit at 336-6000.
How to Get Started:
Contact the Irondequoit Police Department Community Engagement Unit about setting up a Neighborhood Watch. They will assist you with materials and technical advice.
Schedule a meeting in a home, church, community building, volunteer fire department, or other location.
Arrangements will be made to have an officer speak at your meeting about the Neighborhood Watch program. The Irondequoit Police Department has specially trained Community Policing Officers who can assist with this program.
Write every resident in the neighborhood, inviting them to the meeting. Two or three weeks before you’re meeting, deliver the letters door-to door. Start around 7:00 at night when most people are home. If they are home, encourage them to attend. It is suggested that you gain the assistance of some neighbors to assist you in the process. Sample letters and flyers are available from the Irondequoit Police Department.
Draw a large map of all the streets in your community. If necessary, cruise your neighborhood by car and draw your map that way. When the map is done, paste it onto cardboard for support. Borrow an easel to hold up your map at the meeting.
It is recommended that one week before the meeting, you again go to every home in the area. Remind them that the meeting is one week away, and ask if there is anything you can do to help them attend. Remember, there is no substitute for hand delivering the letters and your reminder. When your neighbors see how hard you are working, they will be more likely to attend the meeting.
Arrive in plenty of time. As people come, thank them and usher them in. Introduce people, and encourage neighbors to sit together and become acquainted. When everyone has arrived, go to the front of the room and introduce yourself and the law enforcement official. Then, have the neighbor sitting the closest to you stand up, introduce him or herself, any family and their address. Have the next person in line give the same information, and so on.
After everyone has been introduced, the law enforcement official will give a speech on the Neighborhood Watch program and crime prevention techniques in the home. Pass out paper and pencils so your neighbors can take notes. When the speech is completed, ask the audience questions. Make sure that everyone understands the program completely. The Neighborhood Watch program can be effective only when everyone knows what he or she must do.
Get a complete list of names, addresses and phone numbers from everyone taking part in the program. Also get a list of special concerns for the handicapped, elderly and children home alone.
Select the type of signs and window decals necessary for high visibility in the community. The Irondequoit Police Department can assist you with the planning and placement of Neighborhood Watch signs.
Advise your neighbors that the Crime Prevention Officer can return to the neighborhood to make voluntary security inspections of all the homes participating in the program. This is a free service offered by the Irondequoit Police Department.
Elect your permanent Neighborhood Watch Chairperson. This person is responsible for communicating with local law enforcement officials and the volunteer leaders of each block in your community called "Block Captains." Your chairperson will head your entire program, choose wisely. Just how effective your Neighborhood Watch is depends greatly upon whom you elect as your leader. The Chairperson should ideally be a person who spends a lot of time at home.
Recruit volunteers to serve as Block Captains or Block Chairmen. These people serve as leaders for their blocks in the neighborhood, and they pass out information from their permanent Chairperson to their blocks and vice versa. Block Captains do not have to be as outgoing as the permanent Chairperson is. They should be inquisitive; however, because they will be looking after homes. They should also keep track of families moving in and out of their blocks and should encourage new families to join the Neighborhood Watch Program.
Schedule a second meeting for the entire neighborhood for the following month. Initially, monthly meetings should be used to keep everyone informed about crime prevention subjects and maintain maximum participation in Neighborhood Watch and other community programs. You may wish to meet less often, depending on your programs.
Thank everyone for coming and tell them they will hear from the Block Captains soon. Ask the Chairperson and Block Captains to stay a little longer. Have each Captain write down his or her name, address, and telephone number on a piece of paper. These sheets plus your diagramed map go to the permanent Chairperson. Your leaders should then set up a time to meet so that they can put Neighborhood Watch into action.
You have done a good job and can take pride in the fact that you have initiated a program in your neighborhood, which will change everyone’s lives for the better!From this point on, the hardest job will be to maintain everyone’s interest in crime prevention.
Once you have reviewed these items and are interested in hosting a Neighborhood Watch Meeting, please contact the Irondequoit Police Department Community Services Unit and a complete Neighborhood Watch Manual can be provided to you.
PUT YOUR CAR KEYS BESIDE YOUR BED AT NIGHT
Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, everyone you run across:
Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outsde your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.
This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this:
"It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break in your house, odds are the burglar rapist won't stick around... after a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there..... This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.
P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know be cause I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone.
My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem."
Special Police volunteers are a vital resource to the Irondequoit Police Department (“IPD” or “department”). Special Police Volunteers assist the Irondequoit Police Department and the community with special events throughout the town of Irondequoit.
A liaison officer from IPD is assigned to supervise and guide the activities of the Special Police and also to provide training throughout the calendar year. Training consists of conflict resolution, radio use and procedure, traffic control, crowd control and officer safety, as well as other topics as deemed relevant by the department.
For more info. on Special Police email Lt. Casey McLaughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org