The Leesburg Police Department sponsors numerous crime prevention classes and provides specialized services at the request of the general public. These classes are taught by the department’s highly experienced crime prevention specialist. A small example of the types of classes that can be requested may be found below. The Leesburg Police Department also provides a wide variety of crime prevention services including residential and business security surveys, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) surveys, Community Watch, National Night Out, organized public safety fairs, and Crime Free Multi-Housing.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
As developed by the Westinghouse National Issues Center, the definition of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), is “the proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime, and an improvement in the equality of life.”
The goal of CPTED is to reduce the opportunity for crime to occur. It is a series of design principles that, when properly employed, serve to eliminate criminal behavior and improve the quality of life through the reduction of fear of crime. This reduction in criminal opportunities is achieved by employing physical design features and space management strategies that discourage criminal activity, while at the same time encouraging the legitimate use of the location.
CPTED surveys conducted by the Crime Prevention Specialist. They are offered for both businesses and residential properties. CPTED can is best applied in the planning stages of a property. Contact the Crime Prevention Specialist to have your plans reviewed.
National Night Out
The goals of National Night Out are to;
- Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
- Generate support for, and participation in anti crime programs;
- Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and;
- Send a message to criminals letting them know that the neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The Leesburg Police Department has been involved with National Night Out ® for several years. We take pride in our NNO events because we do our best to involve as many citizens as possible in just one night. In 2009, the following neighborhoods participated in National Night Out;
- Heritage Square HOA
- Crossroads Baptist Church
- Greenway Farms Subdivision
- Edwards Landing Subdivision
- Sunrise Assisted Living Community of Leesburg
Sponsors of the 2009 NNO Event
2010 will be the 27th year of National Night out and the department will again be a part of the celebration. Contact us if you are interested in being a part of Ntional Night Out
Scouting Programs-Tours and Safety Talks
Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups can contact the crime prevention unit to scheule tours and or safety presetations. The activities and topics of instruction are based on the age of the scouts.
Citizens Police Academy
This is a 12 week program where citizens can sign up to voluntary take a class to gain a better knowledge of the inner workings of their police department. This class also allows the citizens to gain a basic knowledge of law enforcement procedure, and methodology. This in turn helps the citizens better understand how they can be effective observers throughout the community and how to better help us keep their community safe. Many of the graduates of this academy go on to become members of our Citizen’s Support Team.