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Message from the Mayor : Signal Hill Police Department and community policing

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mike-headshot.jpgBy Michael Noll, Signal Hill Mayor

The Signal Hill Police Department has embraced community policing as an extremely important crime fighting tool. Community policing has been a success through the police department’s crime prevention programs, such as Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out.
Community policing is a collaborative effort between the police department and community that identifies problems of crime, and involves the input of the community in order to find a solution to the problems that the community is facing. Close ties between the police department and community members are essential for the success of this program. The essential components of community policing are close partnerships between the police and the community, problem solving used as a method to both identify and solve problems that are of greatest concern to the community, and increased efforts between the community and the police department to invite community involvement.
Neighborhood Watch programs are also an important community policing tool. This program brings citizens together with law enforcement in an effort to deter crime and make communities a safer place to live and work. The Neighborhood Watch programs rely on citizens to work directly with law enforcement to keep a trained eye and ear on their communities. Neighborhood Watch is a success because it reduces the opportunity for crime to occur. To establish a Neighborhood Watch program in your neighborhood, please contact Signal Hill Police Sergeant Mike Reid at (562) 989-7206 or e-mail him at [email protected] natl-night-out.jpg
National Night Out is another community policing tool used to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, as well as generating support for and community participation in the local anticrime programs. This is a function that helps develop stronger police partnership and neighborhood unity with a common goal for a safer community. This also sends a message to criminals, to let them know that the neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Every year the Signal Hill Police Department organizes a National Night Out event, in partnership with many of our local businesses. This year’s event will be held at Reservoir Park on Tuesday, August 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will offer a variety of events and activities. Face painting, a balloon artist, an art-making booth, and bounce house will be offered for the enjoyment of the children of the community. There will also be a focus on bicycle safety with free bike reflectors and helmets for kids 16 years and under. Police volunteers will be present to assist with installation of the bike reflectors. Free child identification kits will also be available in order to provide a resource for helping to ensure the safety of our children. With barbequed hot dogs, beverages, and music, Los Angeles County Fire Engine 60, as well as the Signal Hill Police Department Mobile Command Vehicle, this should be one of Signal Hill’s most successful National Night Out events.
In March 2008, the Signal Hill Police Department hosted a ten week Citizen’s Police Academy. The academy, taught by Signal Hill police officers, gave attendees an up-close view of law enforcement within the community of Signal Hill. The academy covers patrol operations, narcotics enforcement, investigative techniques, crime prevention, emergency dispatch procedures, and other areas of law enforcement.
The next class is scheduled for Spring 2010. Classes are held at the Signal Hill Police Station. Anyone over the age of 21 without pending criminal cases or felony convictions is welcome to attend. Please contact Sergeant Vern Doose at (562) 989-7222, extension 53, for further information.

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Message from the Mayor : Signal Hill Police Department and community policing