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    The Sunrise Police Department currently maintains an Office of Community Policing Unit (OCP). The Unit employs four community resource officers and a supervisor. The goal of the unit is to foster positive relationships with local community members in an effort to establish and support a partnership against crime. Members of the OCP have successfully developed partnerships and support through an assortment of programs, groups, and events, which include the following:    

    Department Programs

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    The Citizens Volunteer Patrol program is designed to reduce crime by having citizens patrol their own neighborhoods and reporting any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.  Eligible participants must be 21 years of age or older and reside or own a business within the City of Sunrise.   You can join by contacting PSA Arnie Axelrod at (954) 746-3653.

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    The Neighborhood Watch program is a community-based program that's been proven to deter crime. Neighborhood Watch is a group of neighbors working together along with law enforcement agencies and local organizations in a community-wide effort to reduce residential crime. Getting started is easy, are you ready? Contact Community Resource Officer (954-746-3446) for additional information.                

    Trespass Program SignThis program is designed to provide a safer environment for our residential and business communities within the City. Interested parties sign an agreement with the Police Department authorizing Sunrise police officers to enforce trespass statutes on private property. All applicants are provided trespass signage to warn or deter those planning to engage in boisterous activity. Contact Community Resource Officer (954-746-3446) for additional information.          

     

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    The Police Department joined forces with other Broward County agencies to build an area partnership with Project Lifesaver, an international non-profit organization founded by public safety officers whose mission is to quickly locate and rescue missing persons with Alzheimer's, autism and other memory impairments. To sign up for this program, please call (954) 746-3446.

     

    Autism Awareness IconAs part of our continued effort to better serve our residents, the Police Department has incorporated this program within Project Lifesaver. Through this program, we hope to expand our database and improve police responses with individuals that have Autism. Once enrolled, individuals will be issued a Sunrise Police Autism Awareness magnet and sticker that can be placed on cars, windows, and doors so to alert any responding officer that an individual with Autism may be present. Individuals will also be issued a laminated card with pertinent information they can hand to an officer in the case of any interaction. If interested, please contact us by emailing: autismawareness@sunrisefl.gov.

    CAR SEAT SAFETY PROGRAM ICONEach month, the Department's certified inspection technicians provide free car safety seat check-ups to help protect the City's youngest residents. The technicians offer hands-on installation instruction, check the condition of safety seats, and match model numbers against manufacturers' recall lists. For information on upcoming check-ups call (954) 746-3611.

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    Parents, teachers and law enforcement professionals are constantly seeking ways to expose teenagers to positive values and role models. The Law Enforcement Explorers Program at the Sunrise Police Department is a successful example of how adult intervention can instill responsibility, leadership, teamwork, and self-reliance.

    The program works with teens and young adults (14 to 21 years of age) by allowing them to interact with law enforcement and other community advisors in a serious, regimented atmosphere where the students can demonstrate their personal initiative. The program offers young adults the opportunity to learn and experience lawful citizenship as they participate side-by-side with certified Sunrise Police Officers in ongoing training and community service projects.

    Participants begin their involvement with a 56-hour basic Law Enforcement Explorers Academy training program, followed by a 6-month probationary period. Weekly meetings include a uniform inspection and training seminars.

    Explorers who complete their training participate in a variety of community policing projects including child fingerprinting, school safety seminars and crime prevention programs. Explorers can also assist in various law enforcement details including traffic control and searches. Explorers 16 years of age and older may be scheduled to ride with Sunrise Police Officers during normal 11.5-hour patrol shifts.

    To qualify for membership, candidates must be at least 14 years of age (and under 21), must achieve and maintain satisfactory school grades and must make a conscientious effort to stay out of trouble. Candidates under 18 years of age must have the approval and cooperation of a parent or guardian. For more information, call (954)746-3550.

    Impressions - Child Fingerprinting Program
    Several times throughout the year, Police Officers - in conjunction with the City's Police Explorers - we offer free child fingerprinting. The prints are given to parents and/or guardians for safekeeping and may be invaluable in the event of an emergency. For information on upcoming child fingerprinting programs, please call (954) 746-3653.

    Citizen Police Academy IconThe Citizens Police Academy is an informative learning process that provides an opportunity for citizens to receive 11 weeks of both classroom and field instruction regarding the various responsibilities and dangers facing our police officers. The attendees receive the opportunity to see what it’s truly like to be a police officer in today’s world. The academy also allows attendees to take a look at what goes on behind the scenes at the police department and what it takes to keep our community safe.

    Attendees will learn about different aspects of law enforcement to include Patrol Operations, SWAT, K-9, Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene, and Hostage Negotiation. The attendees will have the opportunity to ride along with a police officer, attend a firearms course, and participate in practical scenarios. At the end of the academy, attendees participate in a graduation ceremony where they receive a certificate of completion. Our goal is to create a stronger bond with our residents and the business community. For more information on the CPA please contact the Community Resource Office at (954)746-3446.

    SENIORS and LAW ENFORCEMENT TOGETHER
    As the Department's subgroup of TRIAD, SALT was designed to keep the seniors in our community updated on different crime trends and patterns. Community resource officers discuss a different topic each month ranging from identity theft to reporting suspicious activities.

    • Educate: by sponsoring crime prevention and public education for older adults.
    • Assist: by recruiting and training volunteers to assist police departments, sheriff's offices, and other agencies.
    • Support: by identifying community resources and providing referrals to older persons to help reduce fear and lend moral support.
    • Unite: by involving the older adult population, law enforcement, community agencies, and individuals to identify problem areas in their communities.

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