Celebrate Safe Communities for Crime Prevention Month This October

McGruff the Crime Dog gives hug to little girl

Celebrate Safe Communities (CSC) is crime prevention done the right way—local people working with local law enforcement to address local issues. CSC began in 2008 as a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)-funded initiative of the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) in partnership with the National Sheriffs’ Association, to kick-off Crime Prevention Month. Free crime prevention resources and tools for local law enforcement agencies and their community partners were provided to registered sites. As the economic downturn began to have an impact on local law enforcement budgets—especially crime prevention and other specialized units—CSC expanded to a year-round effort in 2010 to meet the increased demand for resources needed to engage communities in public safety.

This year CSC introduces four Crime Prevention Month themes. The four themes—home safety, crime reporting and community engagement, school and campus safety, and drug abuse prevention—will target resources to help communities address local crime trends and needs that were identified in a 2010 NCPC field evaluation.

Each week during Crime Prevention Month, NCPC will join with other national partners to provide theme-based messages on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, podcasts, training programs, and resource links. Local law enforcement agencies can use these resources to educate and engage the community during October’s month-long celebration to spotlight successful crime prevention efforts on the local, state, and national level.

Celebrate Safe Communities is free. A CSC event can be anything—large or small. Some communities may host a CSC Drug Take Back event during Red Ribbon Week in October. Others may plan a Neighborhood Watch recruitment drive, a safety fair at a local school, a neighborhood clean-up, or crime prevention conference. When you register an event, CSC provides a starter kit of resources, training, and online and downloadable resources to help local law enforcement and their community partners plan and implement public safety events. Go to www.celebratesafecommunities.org to register your event and to get updates on our themes and other resources.

For over 30 years, NCPC’s beloved icon, McGruff the Crime Dog®, has helped people across the country understand that preventing crime is everyone’s business. There is still time to plan your event for October and to join NCPC and others across the country in celebrating safe communities. For more information, contact Marsha Hott at mhott@ncpc.org. And Celebrate Safe Communities every day!

McGruff the Crime Dog serves birthday cake to childrenFor over 30 years, NCPC’s beloved icon, McGruff the Crime Dog®, has helped people across the country understand that preventing crime is everyone’s business. There is still time to plan your event for October and to join NCPC and others across the country in celebrating safe communities. For more information, contact Marsha Hott at mhott@ncpc.org. And Celebrate Safe Communities every day!

 

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