Jim Ritz: Residents working with police reduces crime
The Berwyn Police Department shares a common perspective with the community we serve: to focus on those who compromise our safety, our quality of life and to target specific crime problems and locations.
One of our best defenses against crime is the community taking an aggressive stand and reporting any negative influences and criminal activities to the police. The strength of our crime prevention and community-oriented initiatives begins with residents who are active in their neighborhoods and with the Berwyn Police Department.
To encourage community participation, the Berwyn Police Department has over the past couple of years devoted a tremendous amount of effort in recruiting volunteers to take part in our community programs. Due to such a dedicated recruiting crusade, we witnessed tremendous growth and now have more participants in our volunteer programs than ever before.
The development and fabulous “spirit” of community is shown by having more than 350 residents involved in our Neighborhood Watch and Block Captain Program, more than 40 active Volunteers in Policing members, more than 300 Citizen Police Academy graduates and more than 50 participants in our very successful and popular Police Explorer program.
Local volunteers partake in many city and police activities, which include parades, special events, our award-winning National Night Out program, Take 25, and volunteer recruiting and promotional events. I am proud to say our volunteers are active, enthusiastic, focused, and they truly care about serving our department and their community. The tremendous dedication shown by each volunteer is very apparent, and all should be proud.
By working together, our focused efforts can reduce crime and combat those who compromise community safety. To be successful in combating the negative influences within our neighborhoods, we encourage and support the exchange of information with residents in order to coordinate further activities and continue to foster community prevention and awareness.
As a department, we would like to thank all those committed to community growth and development as we continue to remain interactive with our volunteers and residents to persistently build positive relationships between the police and the community. The Berwyn Police Department is committed and will remain a community-oriented police agency that is receptive and sensitive to our residents, the business community and visitors to our great city.
Thank you, and we wish each of you a very joyous holiday season.
Jim Ritz is chief of police for the city of Berwyn
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