Crime Free Team
The Crime Free team, which is made up of three full time officers, enables the SEB to make an immediate impact within concentrated areas and lay the groundwork for long-term crime prevention solutions. Utilizing data analysis, citizen interviews, and police officer input, the Crime Free team develops customized action plans for each project. These projects are typically defined either geographically or by crime category.
The Crime Free teams focuses their efforts on Crime Free Multi-Housing and Crime Free Business Programs. The Crime Free Multi-Housing program is aimed crime reduction in apartment complexes through environmental design, improving management awareness and tenant screening processes, and more stringent eviction policies. The program also engages the tenants in helping to make their complexes safer. The CFMH Program has more than 20 apartment complexes or multiple housing units in various stages of the program.
The principles of Crime Free Business are similar to that of CFMH but with an eye toward making Joplin businesses safer for customers as well as employees. This is done by encouraging businesses to make safer choices in environmental design and placing an emphasis on training employees in situational awareness and observation. Crime Free Officers have held numerous training sessions for both of these exceptional programs throughout the year. The CFB Program currently has 14 fully certified Crime Free Businesses and 22 businesses that have begun the process or are working on their full certification.
Click here to view the Crime Free Multi-Housing brochure
Click here to view the Crime Free Business brochure
The Crime Free team also utilizes bike patrols. Bicycle officers serve critical roles at large events such as parades, Freedom Fest, and aid in patrolling the downtown entertainment district, as well as making and keeping valuable connections with Joplin citizens and businesses. The JPD bike patrol currently deploys two full-time bicycle officers, and operates year round as weather permits.
The Crime Free team additionally assisted with neighborhood revitalization areas, organized National Night Out, patrolled city parks (particularly seeking out alcohol violations, graffiti presence and vandalism), performed site surveys and made security recommendations to city departments and property owners as problems arose, monitored trail safety, and addressed city-wide graffiti abatement.
In 2014 the Crime Free Business team was tasked with training all non-police employees of the City of Joplin in Workplace Violence and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design. This training has been incorporated for all new City employees.