Operation Family I.D. Calendar of Events
Operation Family I.D. (supporting the Missing & Exploited Children and Amber Alert)
Why we provide this FREE service to children in the Spokane, WA area…
Identification kits include a digital photograph and fingerprints. The kits are given to participating families. In the event a loved one comes up missing, a family member can forward the critical information quickly to local law enforcement agencies for the production of flyers and even nationwide distribution.
Click here to view Calendar of OFID Events.
Remove It, Or Lose It!
Stop vehicle prowling
Vehicle prowling is one of the most common crimes in our community.
The Spokane Police Department reminds us to Remove It, Or Lose It! on the biggest shopping weekend of the year.
Here are a few tips that will help prevent you from becoming a victim.
- Do not leave belongings in your vehicle.
- When shopping, put your bags in the trunk.
- Do not leave valuables in the console or glove box.
- Park in a well lighted or high traffic area.
- Call 911 if you see someone in your vehicle.
- Call Crime Check, 456-2233, if you’ve been a victim of vehicle prowling
Block Watch in Your Apartment Complex
Tools and Resources To Help You Start or Maintain a Block Watch Program
Block Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer.
Sponsored by Spokane Community Oriented Policing Services (C.O.P.S.), Block Watch can trace its roots back to the days of colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of Block Watch was developed in response to requests from sheriffs and police chiefs who were looking for a crime prevention program that would involve citizens and address an increasing number of burglaries.
Have You Ever Had Your Bicycle Stolen? Did You Get It Back?
Chances of getting your stolen bike returned are greater if you register the bike! Every year, C.O.P.S. volunteers register hundreds of bicycles throughout the city of Spokane for children AND adults. For more detail, go to http://www.spokanecops.org/bicycle-registration
Contact your nearest C.O.P.S. substation to register your bicycle.
The Gang Threat – How Big Is The Problem?
Dangerous Criminal Gang Activity and Violence is Getting Worse
Due to the growth of gang membership regionally and as a preventative measure, the Spokane Violent Crime Gang Enforcement Team and the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council (GSSAC), have created this website to educate the public about criminal gangs and to provide a way for residents to report tips to thwart the potential threat.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to be MCGRUFF the CRIME DOG
Spokane C.O.P.S. has openings for McGruff the Crime Dog volunteers!
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.”
Prevent Yourself from Being a Victim!
Spokane C.O.P.S. would like to remind Spokane Citizens how to help protect themselves from becoming a burglary victim. Please help us help you – don’t become a victim!
13 Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You!
Very important information that could save your life.
Who depends on YOU in an emergency?
Your family, elderly or special needs relatives, pets or farm animals, or friends? We encourage you to prepare for potential emergencies and disasters so you can reduce suffering by your loved ones. While there are many local organizations actively preparing to assist us; they can be overwhelmed by large incidents and may not be able to respond quickly enough.
Now available, a new brochure on Preparedness and Involvement on both disaster preparedness and crime prevention. Click on Public Preparedness Pamphlet to download. The brochure is also available at http://www.spokaneprepares.org/ and in printed format at your C.O.P.S. or S.C.O.P.E. stations.
Taking Charge – What To Do If Your Identity Is Stolen
Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It is a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation – and it can take time, money, and patience to resolve. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, prepared this guide to help you repair the damage that identity theft can cause, and reduce the risk of identity theft happening to you.
This 68 page guide has tips, worksheets, blank forms, and sample letters to guide you through the recovery process. It covers:
• what identity theft victims must do immediately
• what problems may crop up
• how you can reduce your risk of identity theft
Click here to view the PDF version of this guide.
The Birth and Evolution of Community Oriented Policing in Spokane, Washington
Spokane’s Community Oriented Policing Services (C.O.P.S.) is, I believe, unique in that no other type of community policing exists like our model. To qualify that statement, I feel a short history lesson on how Spokane C.O.P.S. came about is in order. Click here for the full article.
Property Crime Investigation within the City of Spokane
What we’re doing in terms of property crime investigation
The Spokane Police Department is still investigating property crimes, but have changed their approach to investigating those crimes to achieve the greatest impacts on public safety within the current budget constraints.