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