Community Relations

Lake Mary Police Department
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Community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.

The Community Relations Division of the Lake Mary Police Department is at the forefront of Community Policing in Central Florida.  Whether it is developing new crime prevention strategies for seniors, teaching Women’s Self-Defense, developing Neighborhood Watch Programs or taking kids Christmas shopping, we strive to meet the needs of our community.  The Lake Mary Police Department prides itself on developing close relationships with its citizens and working closely with local businesses to prevent crime through this partnership.

 

Public Outreach Programs 

Residential /Business Security Survey

A survey is conducted on the business evaluating security measures. The survey is conducted on the interior, exterior, and perimeter of the business. Recommendations are given to enhance problematic areas.

Areas evaluated: Doors, Windows, Locks, Landscaping, Lighting, Burglar Alarms, and Security Cameras.

Car Seat Installations

Certified child safety seat technicians assist parents in learning to properly install their child’s car seat and properly secure them in the car seat.

City/Government Day

A program in which officers talk to kids about a career in law enforcement; what it takes to become a police officer and the different jobs within the law enforcement field.

Child ID Kits

Kids are fingerprinted on a child I.D. card so parents have a record of their child’s fingerprint if it is ever needed for identification. Parents can add information and photos of the child as well as collect child’s DNA.

Babysitting/CPR Class

Teaching the youth fundamental principles about babysitting and basic first aid. Participants will also become CPR certified.

It’s Time to be a Parent Again

Times have changed and so has parenting. A presentation on empowering parents to be the primary “officer” in their children’s lives.

SAFE Transaction Zone

This new initiative was created to provide the community with a “safe place” to exchange online goods, either purchases or sales.

Community Helper

A program in which a Community Relations Officer visits daycares, preschools and talks to kids about 911, stranger danger, gun safety and wearing your seatbelt.

F O C U S

School Resource Officers teach 5th grade students about making good, healthy life choices by staying away from drugs.

Holiday Safety

A personal safety presentation is conducted giving the audience safety precautions during the holiday season. The precautions include tips in burglary of motor vehicle prevention, burglary of habitation, robberies, thefts, and identity theft.

Identity Theft

Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime in America. A presentation is given on how to prevent becoming a victim of Identity Theft. This program will also explain the steps one needs to follow if they are a victim of Identity Theft.

Digital Citizenship (Coming Soon)

A program that discusses the pros and cons of using the internet. Some topics discussed: social networking, purchasing items on line, cyber bullying, kids using the internet.

National Night Out

An annual event that encourages all citizens to come out, meet their neighbors and stand up to crime by being proactive in their neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Watch Training

This training explains how to get a Neighborhood Watch started in your community.

PD Tours for Youth Development Organizations

Officers take visitors through a guided tour of the Lake Mary Police Department to show how it operates on a daily basis.

S A F E – Self Awareness Familiarization Exchange

A women’s self-defense class designed to educate women (teen to adult) on how they can become less of a target

Robbery Prevention

A program to give businesses basic tips on being proactive to minimize a robbery and actions to take during and after a robbery.

School Safety Programs

School Resource Officers cover topics that are current to students. Example: bullying, sexting, drug abuse, car seats info for student-parents, bike safety, vehicle safety driving tips.

Senior Safety

A personal safety presentation is conducted and geared towards senior citizens. Many seniors find themselves victimized by scams and scam artists. The presentation explains steps to take to prevent becoming a victim of such crimes.

4 A’s of Survival for Business Owners

A program for businesses on how to practice work place safety. Topics discussed are handling irate customers; family violence; dealing with disgruntled or ex-employees; active shooter; robbery.

Business Watch Alliance

Keeping our businesses safe and informed. This program engages and connects businesses to each other as well as law enforcement.

Additional Events:

Dine for the Dogs, K-911, Coffee with a Cop, Real Estate Presentations, Painting with a Hero, Canine Walk for Cops. New programs are routinely developed and researched.

To schedule any of the above programs or if you have new ideas, please contact Officer Rebekah Matviak, Community Relations Officer, at (407) 585-1305 or email at rmatviak@lakemaryfl.com

 

 

 

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