The Centerville Police Department is dedicated to providing quality policing services in accordance with the law while being aware of the needs of the community. Through multiple community partnerships we can address crime and public safety concerns that create a high value to the residential and business communities of Centerville. Our promise is to provide our community with the highest level of professional law enforcement services while performing duties to the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics.
Our policing philosophy combines traditional law enforcement activities to resolve community problems. This is accomplished by working in close partnership with our community through community programs responsive to the needs of all citizens. The most successful example of this effort is the Neighborhood Watch Program. This program is a crime prevention program stressing education and common sense. It educates citizens about how to help themselves by identifying and reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhoods to local law enforcement.
All Neighborhood Watches share one foundational idea: to bring community members together to re-establish control of their neighborhoods promoting an increased quality of life and reducing the crime rate in the designated Neighborhood Watch area.
The rather simple policing technique involves community members in watch programs to decrease potential opportunities for criminals to commit crime rather than attempting to change their behavior or motivation.
Today’s Neighborhood Watch Program is an effective means of crime control and neighborhood cohesiveness. While not all of the programs in place today go by the same name, they all accomplish the same goal: to bring community members together to fight crime.
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