Community Services

This unit encompasses many teams in itself.  Included in this unit, are Community Service Officers, Crime Prevention and School Resource Officers.

Crime Prevention is part of the Community Services Unit.  It is staffed by one Community Outreach Coordinator.  This unit is also enhanced with several dedicated citizen volunteers.  It provides numerous programs and presentations to the community.  Some of the programs provided by Crime Prevention include:  Neighborhood Watch, Safety Town, Residential/Commercial Security Inspections, Lock Out Crime, Operation Identification, Citizen Police Academy, Ride Along Program, Child Safety Fair, National Night Out, tours of the police department, community problem solving/mediation, Crime Prevention/ChildSafety Displays, Chronic Disorderly Property Enforcement.

The Crime Prevention puts on presentations regarding many of the above topics and any crime prevention topic.  Call our Community Outreach Coordinator for more info at (541)726-3731.

Neighborhood Watch:  The benefits of organizing and participating in the Neighborhood Watch (NW) program translates into a higher quality of life.  The program establishes a team concept of working together and looking out for one another.  NW groups forge partnerships with the Police Department to create strong neighborhoods better to resist criminal activity.

To organize a Neighborhood Watch Group

  • Request info from Crime Prevention Unit    (541)726-3731
  • Contact your neighbors; assess their interest in the program
  • Call the Crime Prevention Unit to schedule a presentation
  • Distribute invitations provided by the Unit.

Other Crime Prevention Links:

Protect America’s Guide to starting a NW group
Nextdoor – Free neighborhood site to improve citywide & neighbor-to-neighbor communications.
Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association
Home Security Recommendations
National Crime Prevention Council
Neighborhood Watch Application
Printable Child ID kit

Volunteering:  Citizen volunteers participate in several programs in the department.  Office volunteers provide support by gathering and making copies of information, preparing materials for mailing to the community, and performing general office work.

Reserve Officer Program:  This program consists of citizen volunteers who receive police academy training and in-service training similar to that of a regular police officer.  Their participation in department activities allows them to view the law enforcement profession up close and perhaps decide to join the profession.  Reserves augment the department’s ability to provide police services to the community, such as crowd and traffic control at planned and unplanned events.  In addition, they assist in the security of crime scenes and major traffic accidents.

Lock Out Crime Project:  This project provides free home security inspections for citizens of Springfield.  Also, available through this program is lock installation for low income residents.  Information about the program and appointments for inspections can be made by calling the Crime Prevention Unit (541)726-2323.

Ride Along Program:  Through this program citizens are allowed to accompany a uniformed police officer during his/her shift.  This enables the public to see up close the duties and functions performed by our department.  If interested in a Ride Along, please contact (541)726-3714 or stop by and pick up a form.