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About Community Policing
The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office is committed to Community Policing through partnerships with the citizens and businesses in the County. The basic concept of Community Policing is to bring together law enforcement and the public to work as a team in an effort to improve the community in which we all live. Community policing is an effective and proactive process which has proven to reduce crime, improve communication between the public and law enforcement as well as reduce the fear of crime.
Our Community Policing Team is led by the Community Policing Services Coordinator and an amazing cadre of volunteers who donate thousands of hours each year to the Sheriff’s Office. We have an active Neighborhood Watch program in Clallam County which is extremely successful thanks to our volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts to the citizens of Clallam County. Working in close partnership with the Department of Community Development (Code Enforcement), our Community Policing Team has made a significant impact on the quality of life for many of Clallam County’s residents.
Anonymous Tips - Report Suspicious Activity (CrimeNet™)
CrimeNet is a database designed to allow individuals to report suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Office. We’ve had a number of reports generated through CrimeNet and it’s served as a useful tool for those who don’t feel they can or don’t want to call the Sheriff’s Office to report criminal activity.
Check the Anonymous Tip page or Contact Community Policing Services Coordinator at 360-417-2262 for more information.
Drive to Survive
The Driving 101 Traffic Safety Project is a community based effort to improve safety through education, engineering and law enforcement. The project covers a 32-mile segment of U.S. Highway 101 between Laird's Corner and the east Clallam County line with Jefferson County.
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Map Your Neighborhood
MYN or Map Your Neighborhood is a ninety minute class organizing neighborhoods to respond in the first hour of a disaster when lives can be saved by quick action. Courses are taught in your neighborhood and we supply the trainer and materials.
Since this program was launched in June of 2007, more than 700 citizens have been trained and know what to do immediately to assist their neighbors.
Because of our geographic isolation, it is important to organize our neighborhoods into a small response team structure and teach our citizens how to be prepared for any disaster. By doing do, we directly strengthen our neighborhood resources and support the community.
Schedule training for your neighborhood TODAY and know what steps to take to survive in a disaster. Contact Emergency Management to receive more information and to schedule an event for your neighborhood by phoning 360-417-2483.
See also Crime Prevention Tips.
Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program that enlists the active participation of residents in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime, solve problems, and improve the quality of life in your area. In it you will get to know and work with your neighbors, and learn how to:
- Recognize and report crimes and suspicious activities
- Protect yourself, your family, and your property,
- Protect your neighbor’s family and property, and
- Identify crime and disorder problems in your area work with the Sheriff’s Office to solve them.
Combining Federal, State, County, and other community support agencies, programs and groups into a cohesive “team” effort results in the power of numbers and allows for development of informed group consensus. This involves all elements of the community in the search for solutions.
Anyone interested in Neighborhood Watch should contact Lorraine Shore:
- A group of people committed to starting a NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH for their local neighborhood. (We can assist you with the organizing process)
- Someone within that group to work with us to initiate the program.
- A list of what issues your group initially feels currently need to be addressed in your community.
- A place to meet: (neighbor’s house, community center, school, or library).
- A “first meeting” date and time. (We can assist with promotion).Order NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH signs which should be posted around the community. (We provide instructions and assistance).
- A means of communicating with neighbors through, e-mail, fliers, telephone trees/lists, etc. (for those without computers, we provide alternate methods that utilize the benefits of computers within the Neighborhood).
- A meeting agenda to keep things moving and on track.
- A crime prevention officer to discuss the crime issues in the neighborhood and to help train members.
- A map of the community with contact information for the exclusive use of your watch group.
The first meeting will be an overview of our programs and the services that we offer. We cover the Neighborhood Watch program and why it has proven beneficial to reducing crime along with how to communicate and report incidents to the Sheriff's Office. We will have an area Deputy or Sergeant at the meeting as well.
Neighborhood Watch has proven to reduce crime in areas where it is used. The first line of defense is having alert residents for any unusual people, traffic, or happenings. One of the least expensive preventative measures you can institute to assist in reducing crime is purchasing and installing Neighborhood Watch signs. Just having the Neighborhood Watch signs up are a deterrent. You will learn how at the meeting.
"Blue Eye" Watch Signs:
Neighborhood Watch sign information and order forms are on pages 7 – 11 of this catalog (link below) and we recommend that any purchases you make are the “Community w/ Blue Eye” since those are the signs that are most widely associated with Neighborhood Watch.
Street Signs and Community Products Catalog - National Sheriff's Assoc.
Once you have decided on the signs and/or products you would like to order, make out a check for the total amount and you can fax the form to Lorraine at 360-417-2498 so she can sign the form and complete the shipping information.
Lorraine will fax the form back to you so you can send it in with your check. If you are unable to fax the form, call or email Lorraine so arrangements can be made to get the form signed. Your signs will be shipped to the Sheriff’s Office and Lorraine will call you when they arrive.
See also Anonymous Tip Reporting.
The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office Radar Trailer is placed on streets and subdivisions to reduce speeding. The radar trailer is a self-contained speed display unit, designed to promote speed awareness. The trailer uses a radar unit to determine the speed of vehicles approaching or driving away from the unit. That speed is displayed on the front of the trailer, along with a speed limit sign, showing the speed to that road.
The volunteers with the Sheriff’s Office utilize the Block watch vehicle to place the trailer in the designated areas. This is another vital function that our volunteers perform.
To request the radar trailer in a specific area, contact the Community Policing Services Coordinator at 360-417-2262.