Crime Prevention / Community Relations
The Crime Prevention/Community Relations Unit remained active in its efforts to educate and inform the public with timely information regarding personal safety and the prevention of crime. To that end, significant efforts have been made to bolster the Department’s interaction with the community via Facebook and Nixle. Nixle is a web-based community messaging system that allows the Police Department to send up-to-date information and messages to those registered to receive this service via email and/or text messages. Registration to receive Nixle alerts is available at the Village website: www.skokie.org, or at www.nixle.com.
During 2016, members of the Crime Prevention Unit were involved in a wide variety of efforts in
support of the Department’s mission. These initiatives included, but were not limited to, meeting with
business associations, youth groups and senior organizations to speak with them about crime prevention topics of interest; hosting quarterly TRIAD meetings for its 75 senior resident members; and providing management and oversight to the Crossing Guard Program.
Crime Prevention staff also coordinated the Volunteer Program, which resulted in almost 1,200 hours of service generously provided by the volunteers, and conducted the 35th session of the Citizen Police Academy. A total of 23 residents completed this reality-based program designed to give participants a better understanding of law enforcement in general, and the Skokie Police Department in particular, through interesting hands-on experiences.
The Crime Prevention/Community Relations Unit offers a variety of information brochures for Skokie residents including the following: