The Police Department coordinates and participates in a number of programs and initiatives intended to reduce crime in Union City. These programs have one common theme; they all involve the cooperation and communication of both the Police Department and the citizens. For any crime reduction effort to be effective, it must have the interest and participation of the citizens that it was designed to protect.
Some of the crime reduction programs and initiatives include:
• Citizen Police Academy
The Citizen Police Academy is designed to foster open lines of communication between the citizens and their Police Department. It also serves to educate the citizens on how to recognize and report suspected criminal activity.
• Presentations and Demonstrations
By delivering educational presentations and demonstrations to schools, church groups, civic groups, homeowner associations, and other organizations, the Police Department seeks to foster better community relations and develop a relationship with its citizenry.
• Home and Business Security Inspections
By conducting free home and business security inspections and evaluations, the Police Department seeks to educate and inform homeowners and business owners on methods and techniques that may be utilized to make their home or business safer against unwanted intrusion and other crimes.
• Neighborhood Watch Programs
The Police Department coordinates and participates in various Neighborhood Watch Programs and initiatives. This partnership with the citizens helps the department identify suspected criminal activity and formulate a prevention plan. The Neighborhood Watch Program also serves to open and foster constructive lines of communication between the officers and homeowners.
• Crime Free Multi-Housing Program
The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is a, state-of-the-art crime prevention program designed to reduce crime, drugs, and gangs in apartment properties. The Program consists of three phases that must be completed under the supervision of the Police Department and includes training for apartment management, security site surveys of the property, and public awareness training for the residents. After completing all three phases, the apartment complex can be declared a crime free housing zone. This declaration allows apartment management to enforce more stringent lease guidelines in regards to criminal, drug, and gang activity.