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Community Oriented Policing

The focus of Community Oriented Policing is problem solving. POLICE WILL STILL RESPOND TO EMERGENCIES. However, many calls to the police are not police related and are more effectively handled by other agencies. As the number of non-emergency calls decrease, benefits to citizens increase.

  • Officers are able to spend more time working with citizens to solve crime and disorder problems.
  • With better police-citizen communication, officers can more effectively use and share crime information with the public.
  • Officers who know both a community's problems and its residents can link people with other public and private agencies that can help solve community concerns.
  • No single agency can solve complex social problems alone. A combined community-police effort restores the safety of our neighborhoods and business districts.

Examples of Community Oriented Policing on Fort Carson

  • A revitalized Neighborhood Watch program consisting of community coordinators, watch coordinators and block captains all working toward a common goal.
  • Citizen's Patrol groups throughout the Installation acting as eyes and ears to observe suspicious activity and eliminate problems.

The Fort Carson Police and Community Oriented Police Section is comprised of the Crime Prevention, D.A.R.E., Bike Patrol, Explorers Cadet and Neighborhood Watch Programs.

Crime Prevention:

The Fort Carson Police COPS offer several Crime Prevention and Educational Events throughout the year. By educating the community on crime prevention techniques adn by getting citizens involved in crime prevention activities such as neighorhood watch, we can reduce the number of crimes on the installation and increase the quality of life for all Fort Carson Residents. If you, or your organization are interested in hosting a Crime Prevention, or Educational Event we can assist you. Please contact our Operation Section at 719-526-1770 for more information.

DARE Vehicle

Drug Abuse Resistance Education

The Fort Carson Police in partnership with Fountain-Fort Carson District 8 School have employed the DARE program in all installation school to combat the unparalleled drug abuse amongst our youth. In keeping the with the Official D.A.R.E. Mission / Vision; "A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect other and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors", our instructors strive to teach students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives. If you would like more information about the Fort Carson Police D.A.R.E. program, you can request more information through our "Contact Us" webpage.

Explorers Cadet Program

The Fort Carson Police Explorer Program is designed for young men and women between the ages of 14.5 and 20 years old. This program allows young teens who live in or near the installation to become informed and involved in law enforcement, while actively becoming part of their community. This allows teens to further their knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system through training, and to provide an insight into all phases of police work as a possible future profession. It will also help foster a better understanding between the Police Department and the youth of our city.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Must be between the ages of 14.5 and 18 to apply.
  2. Must have and maintain a GPA of "C" or better in school.
  3. Must pass a criminal history check, local background investigation.
  4. Must have parent's permission to participate.

For more information regarding the Explorer Cadet Program - you can request more information through our "Contact Us" webpage.

Neighborhood Watch Program and Crime Prevention

Fort Carson Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch and Crime Prevention is a joint responsibility.

The prevention of crime—particularly crime involving residential neighborhoods—is a responsibility that must be shared equally by law enforcement and private citizens. The fact is, the impact on crime prevention by law enforcement alone is minimal when compared with the power of private citizens working with law enforcement and with each other. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH is based on this concept of cooperation, and nationwide statistics prove that it works. When citizens take positive steps to secure their own property and neighbors learn how to report suspicious activity around their homes, burglary and related offenses decrease dramatically.

Benefits, The online reporting system provides a convenient way to report crimes that do not require the presence of an officer, and it increases police productivity by freeing officers to perform other law enforcement activities. In addition, users may find it is a more convenient way to file a police report needed for an insurance claim.

Neighborhood Watch

Throughout the United States, dramatic decreases in burglary and related offenses are reported by law enforcement professionals in communities with active NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH programs.

Statistics show that when a concerned citizenry does its part, the possibilities are endless…and the results positive.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH is now the most successful anticrime initiative in the country and the most effective and least expensive tool for restoring the safe, pleasant environment we all want for our families!

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There is a growing need for NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

It is a fact of life that relationships in many of today's communities have become less personal than they were years ago.

Families are more transient, children have more activities that take them and their parents away from home, and there are more families with both parents working. The once-familiar sight of families visiting with each other on front porches while keeping a watchful eye on children and activities in the neighborhood is a rarity in most communities today.

This trend away from personal contact in the neighborhood and the decrease in time families spend at home are two of the essential ingredients that make communities ripe for crimes of opportunity, such as burglary.