Washington State Crime Prevention AssociationWSCPA
The Association’s members are current and former law enforcement personnel, as well as volunteers and citizens concerned about crime prevention, and its purpose is to help the communities of Washington State to prevent crime. This web site is established to provide help to the citizens of the State of Washington, and to community and other organizations, to help with the task of preventing crime. Police and courts of law will always be vigilant to see that justice is served, but the task of preventing crime cannot be limited to law-enforcement officials. It’s something that a community should see as a primary duty to its citizens, and that citizens should see as a duty to themselves, to one another, and to the community as a whole. The WSPCA is here to help with education, information and resources.
The Washington State Crime Prevention Association (WSPCA) is dedicated to helping communities and law enforcement agencies in the State of Washington to prevent crime. Our members are Washington law enforcement agencies and their employees, together with former law enforcement personnel, as well as volunteer members associated with recognized crime prevention programs in communities throughout the state. We offer comprehensive training in crime prevention as well as information and coordination of efforts. Each year, a 40 hour class in Basic Crime Prevention is offered to members both in and outside law enforcement agencies. We also hold periodic conferences on crime prevention over several days in which our members are encouraged to participate. This and other training will help your community to develop crime prevention programs that can help reduce the incidence of violent, property, and other crimes in your area and help keep the people of your community safe from harm. We hold our members to high standards of community service, integrity, and honesty. As most members of the WSPCA are law enforcement officers, we maintain high standards of professional conduct, support for and compliance with the law, diligence, and courtesy. We also offer helpful, downloadable information on crime prevention, business security, home security, and safety measures for adults and children. We believe that each individual is responsible for doing his or her part to help prevent crime and keep our communities safe, and we provide information on these subjects as a public service. It is the goal of the Washington State Crime Prevention Association (WSCPA) to promote inter-agency cooperation on matters dealing with Crime Prevention and Community Policing and to provide the resources necessary to meet this goal
The Purpose of the Washington State Crime Prevention Association (WSCPA) is to contribute to the reduction and control of criminal victimization in the State of Washington by: ◾Encouraging the process of crime prevention education in public, private, and voluntary sectors. ◾Providing support and guidance for crime prevention programs and activities. ◾Enhancing the development and implementation of crime prevention programs. ◾Focusing attention on local, regional, and state goals and issues relating to crime prevention. ◾Informing elected officials, legislative bodies, and criminal justice personnel of current crime prevention trends and techniques necessary for reducing crime.
Back in 1980, a dog in a rumpled trench coat said, "You don't know me yet. But you will." Since then, McGruff the Crime Dog has taught millions of people that the police can't fight crime alone - crime prevention is everybody's business and everyone can help "Take A Bite Out Of Crime." Through television commercials, comic books, live appearances, and more, McGruff has encouraged Americans to take common-sense steps to reduce crime. Some of his favorite messages are To lock doors, leave the lights on when away from home, and let neighbors know when you go on vacation Do things that build a sense of neighborhood and create communities that don't produce crime and where people look out for each other and kids feel safe Get involved, to join Neighborhood Watch, and to clean up streets and parks For children and teens to protect themselves from substance abuse, bullies, and gang violence These messages are catching on. In 2004, violent and property crimes remained at their lowest levels since 1973. Criminal victimization is down. And most people know McGruff the Crime Dog, including 76 percent of children ages 9 to 11.
WSCPA provides the following services and benefits with membership ◾Access to the WSCPA Member’s Only Website including By-laws, Code of Ethics, WSCPA Membership list, Quarterly Newsletter. ◾Crime Prevention Training through the Criminal Justice Training Commission. ◾Bi-Annual Conferences on Advanced Crime Prevention Issues such as 40-hour Basic Crime Prevention Class, First Line Supervisors Class, Crime Prevention for Community Policing Officers, 16-hour Volunteer Training, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), Crime Free Multi Housing, Workplace Violence, and more. ◾Free Literature ◾WSCPA Membership ID card ◾Use of Video Library
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