The Cicero Police Department believes its crime prevention and precision policing efforts are only as strong its relationship with the community, and recognizes that a commitment to community policing is the foundation upon which community trust is built. Community Policing emphasizes the relationship between the police officer and community member whom we are sworn to serve, and that all members of the public shall be treated with respect at all times and rendered professional service. These beliefs are codified in the Mission Statement of the Department and serve as guiding principles for our members.
Relationships are built over time, and every member of the Department is trained to treat every public contact as an opportunity for positive engagement, even in enforcement situations.
To facilitate and encourage positive police contacts outside enforcement situations, the Department maintains over multiple outreach programs and initiatives to bring police officers and community members together.
Many of these programs are designed for youth and young adults to encourage positive first experiences, and is serves to benefit both the community members and the police officer. Below is a dynamic list of Cicero Police Community Outreach Programs. If you are interested in participating or attending an event, or would like more information, please contact us at (315)699-3677
A nationwide law enforcement initiative to remind residents on a nightly basis to secure their vehicles, homes, and belongings in an effort to minimize the risk of becoming a victim to larceny
Our Volunteers in Police Services and Police Officers come to community events an provide free Child and Older Adult Picture ID's.
Police officers who are New York State certified Child Safety Seat Technicians inspect car seats for proper installation, make adjustments if needed, and demonstrate proper installation techniques. Last year, officers checked, installed or re-installed 100s of car seats. In addition to scheduled events during the year, the Community Affairs Division offers Child Safety Seat checks by appointment.
Residents attend a 10 week course at the Police Department where they learn Department operations and experience training on state / local laws and police tactics. Explaining the reasons why we do things and getting feedback from our citizens is the essence of this program. The first group of graduates of the CPA formed the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA), who meet regularly with the Training Division and Department command staff.
Cicero residents 18 or older who wish to ride with a police officer on patrol may submit an application. Upon satisfactory completion of a background check, officers arrange ride-alongs for applicants who have been approved for the program.
National program which started in California. Members of the Department meet residents at advertised Coffee with a Cop events across the City and engage in dialogue over a cup of coffee. The location is neutral, usually a local diner or business. There is no agenda, just an opportunity to meet and speak.
Officers from the Community Affairs Division speak at community meetings, schools, senior citizens groups, and community-based organizations on topics such as personal safety, burglary and auto theft prevention, internet and bicycle safety, and drug abuse. Some programs are; Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events, Netsmartz (internet safety for children and teens), Impaired/Distracted Driving dangers for teens, Boy Scout/Girl Scout tours and assistance with obtaining badges.
We now have a program to let residents return unused medications and sharps.
Throughout the year Cicero Police Officer and Volunteers in Police Service member participate in many events to support the community; Shop with A Cop, Thanksgiving Basket Give Away, Senior Center Christmas Dinner and just a few of the events.