The Harrisonburg City Police Department's Crime Prevention unit was established in September of 1994 with the specific purpose of consolidating and uniting the City's crime prevention efforts. The Crime prevention unit consists of a supervisor, Sgt. Cindy Cull-Wright, a Crime Prevention Officer, a D.A.R.E. Officer, a School Resource Officer in Harrisonburg High School, and a School Resource Officer in Thomas Harrison Middle School and is part of the Support Services Division.

The Crime Prevention Unit is responsible for developing crime prevention and public awareness programs. These Programs are designed to provide information that can reduce the likelihood of victimization. The Crime Prevention Officer acts as a liaison between the community and the Police. Other responsibilities include focusing on issues of community safety, business security, and youth and family problems

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) programs started in the Harrisonburg schools in 1987. The sixteen week program is directed at the fifth grade level and provides accurate information about drugs and alcohol. Children learn decision making skills, ways they can resist peer pressure and positive alternatives to drug abuse.

The High School Resource Officer program in Harrisonburg City Schools began in the fall of 1996. This program allows an officer to be visible in the school and assist in bridging the gap between students and teachers. The officer assists in teaching, tutoring, coaching and is responsible for any law enforcement activities at the school. They work closely with the school counselors to prevent or solve problems.

The Crime Prevention Unit offers classes that provide an overview of safety and security in addition to classes that are crime specific. Classes are offered to any group that request them. Topics include: personal safety, home security, child safety, senior citizen safety, and others. School based programs such as D.A.R.E. and "Class Action" are taught in the elementary, middle and high school. These programs provide families with information that will assist them in dealing with the problems and issues of today's society.

Community Watch programs include neighborhood watch, business watch and fleet watch. All watch programs have been established to provide citizens of the city with a system that can be used to increase safety, and security, and strives to develop a strong cooperative working relationship between the citizens and the police.
The Crime Prevention Unit and D.A.R.E. office can be reached at 540-434-2530: 

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