The Sunrise Police Department currently maintains an Office of Community Policing Unit (OCP). The Unit employs four community resource officers and 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:
Citizens Volunteer Patrol (CVP)
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.
An application is available for download at the link below:
CVP Application Packet
Several times throughout the year, Police Officers - in conjunction with the City's Police Explorers - 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.
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...
This 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 (954-746-3346) for additional information.
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) 746-3346.
Car Seat Check Ups/Operation Wee Care
Each 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.
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 or email Ofc. Ben Hodgers.
Citizens Police Academy
The 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 business community. For more information on the CPA please contact the Community Resource Office at (954)746-3446.
Citizens Police Academy Application
East Sunrise Residents Association (ESRA)
This is a civic organization founded within the Eastern section our City. Community resource officers attend monthly meetings to inform citizens of crime trends within their neighborhoods and provide solutions to community issues.
ESRA meets the third Thursday of every month starting at 7:00pm in the Community
Room located within the Village Civic Center located at 6800 Sunset Strip, Sunrise Fl 33313
Central Residents Association (CSRA)
This is a civic organization founded within the Central section of our City. Similar to the ESRA, community resource officers attend monthly meetings informing citizens of crime trends within their neighborhoods and provide solutions to community issues.
CSRA meets the first Wednesday of every month starting at 7:00pm in the Community
Room located at the Nob Hill Soccer Park located at 10200 Sunset Strip, Sunrise Fl 33322
West Sunrise Residents Association (WSRA)
This is a civic organization founded within the Western section our City. Community resource officers attend monthly meetings to inform citizens of crime trends within their neighborhoods and provide solutions to community issues. Local businesses are also welcome.
WSRA meets the first Thursday of every month starting at 7:00pm in the Community
Room located within the New River Civic Center located at 60 Weston Rd Sunrise, FL 33326
Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT) / TRIAD
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.
National Night Out
National Night Out is an annual celebration to say "goodbye" to crime and drugs in the community. It is traditionally observed on the first Tuesday in August.
When it was first introduced in early 1984, 400 communities in 23 states participated in National Night Out. Now with participation in all 50 states, National Night Out activities have expanded to include block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, safety fairs, contests and rallies.
National Night Out provides residents with access to free crime prevention information, products and services - including car clubs, gun locks and child fingerprinting. The evening also offers plenty of entertainment value. Children's activities will include a Kids' Clinic sponsored by Home Depot, a bounce house and face painting. The Police Department will present a K-9 demonstration, and McGruff the Crime Dog will make an appearance. Residents can also enjoy free refreshments and live music.
National Night Out is observed each year in communities across the U.S. The event helps raise crime prevention awareness, as well as strengthen relationships between police officers and the neighborhoods they serve. It's also designed to generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs - and let would-be criminals know that communities are organized and mobilized against crime.
Contact the Community Resource Office at (954)746-3446, and ask them for additional information regarding National Night Out Against Crime.
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