September 24, 2017
I’m currently participating in the eight week Citizens’ Police Academy, primarily to gain more knowledge as I serve as VI’s Crime Watch Coordinator.
We meet one evening each week for three hours and the material is intense. Most of the participants are considering law enforcement as a career. The first session was on communication, which included touring the Communications Center and being addressed by the Mayor and Chief of Police. We received too much information to offer here, but I thought it might be helpful each week if I give you a few highlights.
Neighbors looking out for neighbors is primarily why VI has fewer incidents than most St. Pete communities. You might have noticed that our Crime Watch Signs went up after the hurricane, which is another deterrent. And as I’ve said numerous times, make it harder for the criminals by locking your doors (including your back door when you take the boat out), turning your alarms on, installing a few cameras and turning on your outside lights at night. As we move into the holiday season, crime increases so please be vigilant.
This week we will be studying Use of Force. Have a safe week!