Chief Wingert: Community Armor Program education and awareness

Last month, I introduced you to a new program offered by the Paradise Valley Police Department, which is called “Community Armor.”

Peter Wingert

Peter Wingert

The purpose of this crime prevention program is to reduce your susceptibility to the criminal element while you are both at home and on the road. I discussed the crime deterrence portion of the Community Armor Program.

Crime deterrence includes home security reviews, neighborhood watch, where you and your neighbors work together to make your neighborhood safer from the criminal element, and vacation watch, where officers and volunteers from the Paradise Valley Police Department keep an eye on your residence while you are out of town.
More information about each of these services is available by contacting our Community Resource Officer Kevin Albert at kalbert@paradisevalleyaz.gov or 480-348-3597.

Crime deterrence starts with you; however, the bulk of our burglaries and vehicle burglaries are committed to non-secured premises. Locking the doors of your vehicles and residence and setting the alarms reduces the possibility for you to become a victim of a crime of opportunity. Today, I want to give you further information about the Community Armor Program in the education and crime awareness pieces of the program.

The Paradise Valley Police Department offers community meetings on a regular basis. Some of these meetings are an opportunity for you to get to know us and our programs better, such as “Coffee with a Cop,” where there is no agenda, but an open discussion about the concerns of the neighborhood we are visiting. If you have an interest in partnering with us on a Coffee with a Cop event, please contact Officer Albert. Community meetings could also offer a particular program, particularly if we have seen a rise in a particular type of crime in a specific neighborhood. For example, after a string of burglaries in the southwest portion of Paradise Valley in the Spring of 2015, we presented a community meeting in the area.

In November, we are partnering with the Scottsdale Prevention Institute to offer a series of parent workshops. The topics to be discussed during these parent workshops include effective communication for parents, healthy boundary setting for parents, technology today, and healthy self-esteem. These workshops stand alone, meaning that you do not have to attend all of them, and the cost is free.

The workshops will be held at the Paradise Valley Police Department. Look for more information soon on our website — paradisevalleypd.com — or on the Scottsdale Prevention Institute website — www.spi-az.org.
The best way to stay informed about what is taking place in your neighborhood, from a crime standpoint, is through following us on Facebook at facebook.com/PVPolice or Twitter at @PVPolice.

We release all of our media releases to these social media sites. If you want to passively follow what is occurring in the Town of Paradise Valley, the best option is via our website, where the Twitter feed is also posted.

To be notified of an emergency in the Town of Paradise Valley it is imperative that you have signed up with CodeRed. CodeRed offers community notification for emergency and general events. CodeRed will send a voice, text or email to you notifying you about an event. We could use CodeRed where we need to inform the community of a missing person or a road closure.

CodeRed can be directed to a specific neighborhood within a community, and can be used for emergency or general messages.  Sign up for CodeRed by surfing to ecnetwork.com, then clicking “Resident Enrollment” at the top of the page.

These are a couple of ways that you can stay informed about any events occurring in your neighborhood. You can always check on criminal events in Paradise Valley at crimereports.com. Being educated and aware are a great first step in keeping yourself safe.  Be our partner!  Sign up for CodeRed, follow us on social media or host a Coffee with a Cop event.

We look forward to getting to know you better.

Editor’s note: Mr. Wingert is the Paradise Valley chief of police

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