Crime Prevention & Education

The prevention of crime through public education, activism and awareness among citizens, and early intervention are important elements of an effective community based policing strategy.  The use of officers to encourage citizen participation and teach proactive solutions is a valuable tool for law enforcement agencies.

Increasingly, reserve officers are requested to staff events for the purpose of promoting crime prevention, safety, and special programs.  Reserve officers can be seen registering children for fingerprint and photograph identification, registering motorists in the Watch Your Car program, giving lessons in bicycle safety for the Minneapolis Park Police Department, and providing crime prevention tips to residents and visitors.  Reserve officers have staffed dozens of events at precinct stations, parks, and schools.