Join the NEW Community Watch Team
We are looking for a few extra eyes to help keep the city safe.
We’ve improved upon the “old school” neighborhood watch groups of the past. Here’s your chance to join a new police/public partnership that encourages neighbors to get to know each other and police.
You can also voluntarily register the location of security or doorbell cameras, which could aid in police investigations.
As technology improves and prices drop, more homes and businesses have camera systems. The police department would like to know where those cameras are. Police will not have access to these cameras, but may ask to view footage if a crime occurs near a known camera location.
Learn more about the new Community Camera Program, which allows members of the community to register the location of external cameras with Coon Rapids Police.
Detective Adam Jacobson says knowing where security cameras are active can be crucial in a police investigation.
“That can save me hours of time,” says Jacobson. “Any little bit of information in any type of a investigation can assist us in trying to figure out who did it.”
Residents can also participate in the Community Watch Team in a number of other ways:
- Sign up for monthly newsletters and neighborhood information
- Follow Coon Rapids Police on Facebook and Twitter
- Visit the website to view an interactive community crime map and/or submit crime tips
- Organize or attend a Night to Unite gathering in your neighborhood
Community Watch Team participants receive a blue sticker for their door or window. Locations with a registered camera receive a green sticker.
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