The purpose of the Madera Police Crime Prevention Unit is to educate the community on how to prevent crimes from occurring in the first place. It is also designed so that the community can interact with the police department in a positive way. Officers are assigned to a specific beat and can answer your specific questions and address your specific concerns.
Getting involved with the community and knowing your neighbors is an effective way to help prevent crime. By getting involved with the community you know what is happening and know where and what crimes are occurring. Knowing your neighbors helps awareness of suspicious activity in your neighborhood. As well, in case of a natural disaster, it is helpful to know which of your neighbors may need assistance i.e., elderly, physically handicapped, non-English speaking, etc.
The Crime Prevention Unit has a variety of programs in which to teach people of all ages. All the programs are a FREE service to you.
This is another new program that is being started by the Madera Police Department crime prevention. Officer Wayson Juarez and Officer Durbin Lloren with the help from the Explorers and the Volunteers, are going to each elementary and junior High School and are registering students bikes into the local Law enforcement computer. If a bike is either stolen or lost and is recovered, the bikes owner can be located if the bike is registered through the program. If you are interested in registering your bike contact the Crime Prevention office at 559-675-4254.
This is essentially the same program as our Neighborhood Watch Program, except that it is directed to businesses. Businesses look out for each other and report any suspicious activity. Should you wish to set up the initial appointment for a Business Watch meeting, contact Sgt. Johnnie Smith by telephone 559-675-4254.
In 2013, The Madera Police Department was awarded an $88,000 Cal Grip grant to target students most likely to join gangs. The money is distributed through the California Emergency Management Agency and it provides funds to California Cities for the implementation of proven and promising prevention, intervention and suppression strategies. Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) is an evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula. The Program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership for children in the years immediately before the prime ages for introduction into gangs and delinquent behavior. The Program is currently being run by Officer Brett Prieto and Officer Joseph Velasquez.
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An officer will walk through your home or business and make suggestions on how to better secure your home or business.
Each week our officers read to local elementary school children. We want to encourage kids to read and give them an opportunity to interact with officers in a positive environment. We also take the opportunity to give safety tips and answer questions from the children. Any schools interested in joining the program are encouraged to call 675-4200 Ext# 7003.
Madera’s Crime prevention attends many activities throughout Madera. To list a few, Crime Prevention attends job fairs that are held by our local schools. We assist in the local Farmers market. Walk safe programs put on at Martin Luther King middle school. Many of the ribbon cuttings of new businesses opening in Madera. Annual events such as the parades, Jesse Owens Games, Fourth of July events, K-9 demonstrations (these is a very popular one with our elementary schools), in addition to many more. If you have an event that you would like us to attend, contact Sgt. Smith at (email@example.com)
Aside from our Crime Prevention Programs we also encourage the citizens of Madera to take a tour of our facility, go on a ride-along with one of our outstanding officers, or volunteer at the police station.
If you come by the station, we have plenty of free information for you. Our lobby has a pamphlet display with many areas of interest to help you prevent crime. This information can be found inside Madera Police Department’s lobby or viewed online by clicking Residential Crime Prevention Tips. If you find yourself at Madera Police Department, we urge you to pick up literature on just about any crime prevention topic that you are looking for, including:
The Crime Prevention belongs to the coalition, and its purpose is to educate Madera’s youth and adults to the dangers of Tobacco use. Through education and programs, it’s the intent of this program to get you help to fight against the addictions of Tobacco. If you are interested in this program you can e mail Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the most powerful and successful tools we have. This is a program where neighbors look out for each other and report any suspicious activity. It is a program designed to create awareness in your neighborhood and it enables the police and community to work together to fight crime. Neighborhood Watch Meeting topics can be on anything, from earthquake preparedness to child safety. Remember YOU are the eyes and ears of the police department! Should you wish to set up the initial appointment for a Neighborhood Watch meeting, contact Christina Herrera at 661-2853 or Sue Sanders 661-2852.
For more information and to view District Groups, visit our Neighborhood Watch page.
The Madera Police Department offers a Citizens' Academy to those that reside or work in the City of Madera. For more information about the program, or to apply online, please view our Madera Police Citizens' Academy page.
Design for the business community, this program teaches the preventative methods and tips on what to do and what not to do, during a robbery. Brochures For FREE crime prevention brochures on a variety of topics, please visit the National Crime Prevention Council. All brochures are reproducible and in .PDF format.http://www.ncpc.org/publications
This is a new program for the crime prevention department. Residents of Madera are able to pick up a form from the Police department and list information as to when they leave and when they return from their vacation. The beat officer will visit the home at various hours to help insure against possible crimes to the home.