Community Policing

Community Policing/Crime Prevention Bureau

Community policing, or community-oriented policing, is a strategy of policing that focuses on police building ties and working closely with members of the communities.

Services: Neighborhood Watch, Home Security Survey, Security Assessment Program, Safety Talks, Display Tables, Patrol Car Display, VIPS Program, Operation Good Shepherd, MPD Explorers Program, MPD Boxing Program, Junior Police Academy, McGruff, and the Citizens Police Academy.


Neighborhood: Is Your Neighborhood Ready to Resist Crime?

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.

Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program that enlists the active participation of residents in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime, solve problems, and improve the quality of life in your area. In it you will get to know and work with your neighbors, and learn how to:

  • Recognize and report crimes and suspicious activities.
  • Protect yourself, your family, and your property.
  • Protect your neighbor's family and property.
  • Identify crime and problems in your area while working with MPD personnel to solve them.

The Neighborhood watch officers are dedicated to helping each neighborhood defeat crime. Currently, there are over 160 active programs (Neighborhood Watch, Home Owners Association, and Apartment Watch) in the City of Montgomery. The Police Department would like to see all neighborhoods actively participate in a neighborhood watch. It is very simple to start a neighborhood watch and the dedicated officers will be more than helpful to assist you in starting one in your area. If you are interested in starting a neighborhood watch on your street or in your neighborhood contact the Community Policing Office at 334-625-4800.


Crime Watch

Because we understand how important your community is to you, we are providing you with a tool to see what crimes are occurring in your neighborhoods.

You may also click on the RECEIVE ALERTS icon on the Crime Mapping website and enter your email address.

You may also download the app via the app store for IOS/IPhone users only.

Go to your Apple App Store on your cell phone, type in “Crime Mapping” then press search.

Look for the crime Icon and install to your phone. Follow the instruction prompts within the App to search the crime in your area.


Home Security Survey

The Home Security Survey is provided to residents by our trained officers as a courtesy to help reduce the chances of you becoming a victim of crime. Call our office at 334-625-4800 to schedule your FREE Home Security Survey.


Security Assessment Program

The Security Assessment Program was designed and implemented to specifically prevent crime by recommending precautions that can be used to discourage criminal opportunists. This service is FREE and conducted by a certified Security Assessment Specialist.

Locations include but are not limited to:

  • Worship Centers
  • Schools
  • Businesses
  • Hospitals
  • Residential Communities/Neighborhoods

These are suggested recommendations and are not a guarantee that a crime will not occur.

To set up an appointment for a security assessment, contact our certified Security Assessment Specialist at 334-625-4800, or email gdixion@montgomeryal.gov.


VIPS Program

Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) are a natural growth of Community Oriented Policing that encourages citizen participation. Today it is common for police organizations to utilize volunteers within their service delivery systems. Numerous law enforcement agencies have developed programs to encourage assistance from community volunteers in the operation of their departments.


Operation Good Shepherd Program

The Operation Good Shepherd Program consists of area clergy and is a partnership between the Montgomery Police Department and Worship Centers. The purpose of the program is to provide support and encouragement to the families and loved ones affected by acts of violence.


MPD Explorers Program

The Montgomery Police Department’s Explorer Program is a partnership with the Boy Scouts of America designed to expose young teens between the ages of 14 – 19 to a career in Law Enforcement while exposing them to community involvement. This mentoring program has proven to increase citizen-police cooperation in addition to understanding and is supervised by certified police officers. For more information or to join the program please call our office at 334-625-4800  for an application. 

Contact: Lt. Mackey  |  334-850-1556  |  jmackey@montgomeryal.gov


MPD Boxing Program

The Montgomery Police Department’s Boxing Program services children 9 years and older by providing an alternative method of conflict resolution, enhances self-confidence, enhances knowledge of health and awareness, teaches self-defense and its application, and promotes physical and mental endurance, while heightening the knowledge of the sport of boxing. For more information about this FREE program or to join please call our office at 334-625-4800 for an application.

Contact: Lt. Mackey  |  334-850-1556  |  jmackey@montgomeryal.gov


Junior Policing Academy

Junior Policing Academy Application

The Junior Police Academy is a chance for the youth in our Community to gather with the Law Enforcement Professionals that serve their neighborhoods. It is a FREE one week program designed to teach the youth more about the different jobs that are accomplished by both the civilian and sworn personnel of the Montgomery Police Department. It focuses on important life skills such as character, development, teamwork, leadership skills, and career education.

Student Requirements

The child must currently be in the Fifth Grade of the Montgomery Public School System. Applicant must be at least 11 years of age. Class spaces are limited. Parents are required to fill out additional paperwork on the first day of drop off.

All forms must be turned in to the Community Policing Bureau of the Montgomery Police Department either by mail or email.

Contact

Mailing Address:
ATTN: Community Policing
320 N. Ripley St.
Montgomery, Al 36104

Email: ynichols@montgomeryal.gov


McGruff

Officers also utilize McGruff the Crime Dog to speak to groups on ways to fight crime and live safer. For more information or to request a McGruff appearance please call our office at 334-625-4800. Be sure to include location, the number of children and contact phone number/name.


Citizens’ Police Academy

Are you interested in learning more about the Montgomery Police Department?

The Montgomery Police Department offers citizens the chance to experience what it’s like to be a police officer through its Citizen Police Academy. The Academy is a FREE program for any citizen in the Montgomery area.

Created in May 2006, the MPD Citizen’s Police Academy gives citizens a new insight and understanding into how law enforcement officers perform their duties, as well as how the department serves the community. The CPA program is intended to open the lines of communication between the Community and the Police Department. Generally, the relationship between the police and the citizen is one of “love/hate”.

**The Citizens’ Police Academy is NOT an offer of employment. The objective of the Academy is not to train an individual to be a “Reserve Police Officer” but to produce informed citizens.

Mission and Goal

The mission and goal of the Citizen Police Academy is to assist the community in better understanding of police training, procedures and philosophy, and operations through classroom and hands-on training conducted by MPD Community Policing Bureau officers. Our goal is to build a closer bond with our residents and business community. Once you have taken this course, you will have a different outlook on the Montgomery Police Department!!

Requirements

  • Applicant must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Must work or live in the City of Montgomery area.
  • Must complete an application and be approved.
  • Attend weekly classes.

Course Description

The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is a free 11-week program that meets once a week for three hours. The academy provides hands-on training classes in a friendly atmosphere. The classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; at the Montgomery Police Department Academy, location on Mildred Street. The classes/sessions cover a wide variety of subjects from basic law enforcement and their role in the community.

Course curriculum: Criminal & Constitutional Law, Ethics, SWAT, K-9 Demonstrations, Patrol ride-along, and much more. Participants who complete the training course are presented a certification of completion from the Chief of Police at the last session.

Interested in attending?

If interested, please contact the following:


Bureau Contact Information

Bureau Commander

Lt. S. J. Watts II
334-625-4800
swatts@montgomeryal.gov

Supervisors

Crime Prevention, Explorers Program, MPD Boxing Program
Sergeant J. K. Mackey
334-625-4800 or 334-850-1556
jmackey@montgomeryal.gov

Security Assessment Program, Operation Good Shepherd, Citizens’ Police Academy
Sergeant S. J. Watts II
334-625-4800 or 334-531-6915
swatts@montgomeryal.gov

Coordinators

West Precinct, Security Assessment Program, Operation Good Shepherd
Sgt. R.D. Jones
334-625-4800
rdjones@montgomeryal.gov

North Precinct, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), Junior Police Academy
Corporal Y. C. Nichols
334-625-4800
ynichols@montgomeryal.gov

South Precinct, Citizens’ Police Academy
Cpl.  J. D. Harrison
334-625-4800
jharrison@montgomeryal.gov

East Precinct
Corporal R. D. Jones
334-625-4800
rdjones@montgomeryal.gov

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