Community policing brings police and citizens together to prevent crime and solve neighborhood problems.
Community policing is an effective way to promote public safety and to enhance the quality of life in a community.
Community policing helps build up and strengthen the community by linking the police and the community together into a team.
Citizens Police Academy:
The Citizens Police Academy is a revolutionary concept in law enforcement and community policing. As part of its continuing mission to provide the optimum in service, performance and dedication to the community, the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department has designed a Citizens Police Academy that will enable citizens to have a better understanding of the operations of the Police Department and its Officers. In addition, citizens will develop a greater awareness and appreciation of the challenges and decisions faced by Westtown-East Goshen Police Officers on a daily basis. Class size is limited to 16 participants and will close once the first 16 applications are processed and approved. At the conclusion of the CPA, graduates of the academy will qualify to submit a request for our ride-along program.
Academy participants will attend one night a week (Tuesday) for approximately three hours per night for a period of 13 weeks.
Topics will include:
- Police Patrol Operations
- Criminal Investigations and Crime Scene Processing
- CPR and First Aid Certification
- The Court System and Mock Preliminary Hearing
- Traffic Enforcement/Accident Investigation and Reconstruction/Commercial Vehicles
- Community Policing, Safe Schools and Active Shooter overview
- 911 Operations Center
- Drug Law Enforcement and the Opioid Crisis
Requirements for participation and completion of the Citizens Police Academy:
- Applicants must be 18 years of age
- Applicants must submit an application
- Applicants will be subject to a complete background check (criminal history/driving history) and each application will be confidentially reviewed/approved by the Chief
A $27.00 dollar non-refundable processing fee is due at the time the application is submitted to cover costs associated with the CPR/First Aid certification.
Please see link below to download an application. For more information contact the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department at 610-692-9600 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Medication Collection Box:
A permanent collection box has been placed in the lobby of the Department to encourage members of the community to remove expired or unwanted medication (prescription or over-the-counter) from their homes to reduce access to addictive drugs for accidental or intentional misuse by individuals, particularly children. Medication disposal boxes also offer an environmentally safe, accessible, and convenient alternative to disposing of medication in the trash or sewer systems.
Safe Trade Zone:
In November of 2015, the Department became one of the first police departments in Chester County to promote the use of police facilities for members of the public to meet and conduct transactions with strangers. For example, residents are encouraged to conduct transactions for online sales that were completed through websites such as Craigslist and EBay at the police department. The police department has designated two parking spaces directly in front of the building as “Safe Trade” locations. These marked spaces are subject to twenty-four hour video recording. Additionally, the lobby of the police department, which is also under 24-hour video recording, will be open to persons wishing to conduct online transactions during regular business hours.
Coffee With A Cop:
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Westtown, East Goshen and Thornbury Townships.
The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street.
Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
Child Safety Seat Inspections/Installations:
The Department currently has an officer who is certified as a Child Passenger Safety Technician through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is an important program because car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13 and yet NHTSA estimates that 3 out of 4 parents are using their child car seats incorrectly.
Vehicle Lock out assistance:
While many police departments in Chester County have eliminated this service, all officers of our Department are equipped and trained to assist motorists who have locked their keys inside their vehicle. Our officers are able to immediately respond and provide assistance free of cost.
Driver Safety Courses:
The Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department has partnered with AARP and AAA to provide driving courses in the training room of the police department. These courses offer residents an opportunity to receive training in a location that is nearby, familiar, and safe and in many cases, to receive a discount from their insurance carrier.
The Department currently has two members of the clergy who have completed the police chaplain training program and provide assistance to officers or citizens who may need spiritual support as a result of an emergency. For example, officers may request that a Chaplain accompany them to deliver a death notification.