Education & Outreach
The annual Citizens Academy allows Crawford County residents, workers, and students the opportunity to learn about the functions of the Department firsthand by participating in a ten-week course of classroom and practical education.
To learn more about the Citizens Academy or apply to attend, contact Lieutenant Diana Fries at (620) 235-0400
The Ride Along program allows citizens to gain a first-hand account of what officers within the Department experience on a day-to-day basis. Participants will accompany officers as they respond to calls for police service, investigate crimes, enforce traffic laws, arrest suspects, and settle domestic disputes.
For more information about this program, please contact Lieutenant Diana Fries at (620) 235-0400.
The D.A.R.E. program provides lessons on self-esteem, dealing with peer pressure, and avoiding violence to hundreds fifth-grade students at all USD 250 and St. Mary’s elementary schools every year.
To learn more about the D.A.R.E. Program or schedule a presentation for your meeting or event, contact Lieutenant Tim Tompkins at (620) 235-0400.
Organized neighborhood watch groups are a key component to alerting the Department to suspicious activities in your area. Neighborhood Watch Groups are trained in home- and self-protection, suspect identification, and how to serve effectively as additional eyes and ears for law enforcement agencies in their communities.
To start a Neighborhood Watch group, simply talk to your neighbors. Discuss the crime problems in your area and talk about the value of a watch group. Then, contact the Department and request information about starting a Neighborhood Watch group in your neighborhood.