Community Relations Unit - Crime Prevention Tips
The Community Relations Unit consists of certified Crime Prevention Practitioners whose primary goal is to promote community policing and crime prevention efforts. Officers establish partnerships with Neighborhood Associations and Crime Watch Groups throughout the city and coordinate specialized programs as Graffiti Abatement, Crime Stoppers, the RAD and radKIDS Self-Empowerment Safety program. Additionally, the practitioners teach crime reduction and personal safety seminars as well as target hardening strategies to citizens and community organizations.
In addition to offering business and residential security surveys, Community Relations officers conduct CPTED studies. CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) is a comprehensive review of pre-construction projects and existing structures to identify environmental improvements that would serve to reduce crime victimization. Environmental enhancements may include alterations to lighting, landscaping, window configurations or entry-way designs.
For more information, please contact TPD's Community Relations Unit at (850) 891-4251, or via email.
Crime Prevention Tips
Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization that promotes a partnership between the media, law enforcement, and the community. Big Bend Crime Stoppers was started more than twenty years ago by a group of concerned citizens and the Tallahassee Police Department. Today, the program covers the six counties of the Big Bend: Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty, Leon, and Wakulla.
Citizens with information about a crime are encouraged to call 574-TIPS (8477) or toll free at 1-888-876-TIPS (8477) to anonymously report information to law enforcement. Calls are not recorded nor is caller ID used to identify the caller. The caller is given a unique code number, which can then be used to receive information on the tip. If an arrest is made based on information provided by the caller, the caller is eligible for a reward. The Crime Stoppers Board of Directors, made up of citizens, votes on the reward amounts at the monthly board meeting. If eligible for an award, the caller provides the unique code to the drive-thru teller at a designated bank and receives the cash. The identity of the caller is never known.
Be sure to visit Crime Stoppers website.