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The Willard Police Department offers a template for community outreach and engagement
None of these initiatives cost a lot of money (if any) or demand a lot of departmental resources, but their impact on community relations is profound
Grants that stem from marijuana sales consist of an array of programs
After a panel discussion on criminal justice, sports and pursuing dreams, students were given the opportunity to talk with officers in small groups
The funding enables the department to engage in social intervention via youth police academy programs and proactive patrols in “hot spots”
More than 30 girls received hands-on instruction and learned how to use equipment that police and fire use every day
“It’s important that (students) are able to put a face and a name to a profession and have an understanding of our role and our humanity.”
The program will be offered online at no cost
School and police officials will soon begin conducting and documenting interventions with at-risk students
The department plans to bring on youth coordination officers to track teens in their precinct who might be vulnerable to crime
Training standards could protect officers by setting clear expectations for performance, while increasing consistency of LE interactions with youth