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Countering Terrorism through Information Sharing

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Date : November 21, 2017

Auxiliary Police Program

  • The Auxiliary Police Program is a great opportunity for private citizens to promote public safety through their own personal participation. Volunteer Auxiliary Police continue to be an invaluable resource to our Department and communities, as they perform uniform patrols as an effective crime deterrent. Their patrol presence and keen observation and reporting of incidents requiring police response, as well as interaction with the public, aides in crime reduction and enhances police-community relations. Another important function of Auxiliary Police volunteers is serving as a citizen ready reserve in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.
  • Residents of the City may assist the NYPD in non-enforcement duties. Responsibilities include crime watch, traffic direction, and other duties.
  • Interested? Call 212-AUX-1000 or 212-289-1000.

Block Watch Program
  • The Blockwatchers Program trains community residents on the skills needed to be the "eyes and ears" of the Police Department. Civilian volunteers are given training in observation and then assigned a confidential Blockwatchers number which they use to report crime and dangerous conditions in their neighborhood. Many members of this vital crime prevention program are elderly or disabled and make their observations without venturing far from their homes.  Contact your local precient for more information.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Following President George W. Bush's call to all Americans for volunteerism after the September 11 attacks, local residents and community leaders banded together to form a community based group of volunteers available to assist in the event of any type of future disaster. Volunteers are grouped into teams and entered into a database based upon their unique skill or trade (e.g. nurses, heavy equipment operators, etc.). In the event of an emergency, the services of these volunteers would be brought to bear as secondary responders in order to augment professional emergeny responders in the neighborhood. The CERT team also conducts regular training on such topics as first aide and CPR. The New York City Department of Emergency Management has sanctioned the project and designated it as CERT-1 NYC. This is the first such program in the country.
  • Information is available at the CERT team's website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/get_involved/cert.shtml

Crime Stoppers
  • The Crime Stoppers Unit operates a hotline, 1-800-577-TIPS, to track down felons identified through anonymous tips. Callers are not asked their name, however, they do receive a code number to be eligible to collect a reward of up to $2,000 for the successful conviction from a tip.
  • Anyone with important information about a violent crime in New York City may call 1-800-577-TIPS or, for Spanish speakers, 1-888-57-PISTA. Calls are anonymous.