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The Crime Prevention Division of the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office provides community and problem orientated policing concepts, along with educational programs for the citizens of the county.  

The Crime Prevention Division develops partnerships with Goodhue County citizens and organizations to help enhance the quality of life in our towns, cities, neighborhoods, and rural communities, to reduce crime and improve the standard of living for all Goodhue County residents.

The Crime Prevention Division participates in the following programs. National Night Out, TRIAD, Neighborhood Watch, Citizens Academy, and Crime Free Multi-Housing.  

Don’t be a victim!  Learn to protect yourself.

Criminals usually need three elements to perpetrate a crime, the Desire, Ability and Opportunity.  If you can reduce one element you have substantially lowered you chances of being a victim.  You can do this by just making small changes in your daily life.  You can start by locking the doors and windows of your home.  Lock your car and be observant about what’s going on around you.  Don’t let your guard down because there is a lack of crime in your area.  Contact a Crime Prevention Deputy to learn more tips on keeping you and your belongings safe.

By increasing the risk of the offender being apprehended, increasing the effort required for the offender to commit the offense and by reducing the rewards available to the offender, it is possible to reduce the risk of victimization.

These elements of crime are usually depicted in a triangle.

The Crime Prevention Division gives the citizens of Goodhue County the resources to break this triangle. 

The Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office goal is to provide its citizens with the information needed to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of Personal or Property Crimes. 

TRIAD     

What is TRIAD and its purpose?

Based on a national program started in 1988 by the AARP and the National Sheriffs Association, TRIAD uses a partnership between a community's older citizens and members of the law enforcement to deal with issues that are unique to seniors.

TRIAD has two objectives; reducing crime against seniors, and to reduce the unwarranted  fear of crime that the elderly often experience.  This is accomplished by providing education to seniors  about personal safety issues, addressing crime trends that target seniors, and listening to and acting on the concerns of seniors.  TRIAD can also frequently serve as a resource manager to help seniors get the help they need from other government agencies and private organizations.

TRIAD forms a “Seniors and Law Enforcement Together” committee that has between five and seven members.  The committee usually includes the Sheriff’s Office, local police departments, and members from the senior community, Social Services, business, religious, and local government.  Goodhue County has two TRIAD groups within the County.  One is located in Cannon Falls and the other is in Pine Island.  

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
National Night Out, 'America's Night Out Against Crime,' was introduced by the National Association of Town Watch in 1984.  National Night Out is a wonderful opportunity for communities to promote law enforcement-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie.  While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence; National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many our neighborhoods safer places throughout the year.   

“National Night Out has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police – community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation.” 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;

  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and
    police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

While the traditional 'lights on' and front porch vigils remain a part of National Night Out, activities have expanded considerably over the years to include block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, festivals, neighborhood walks, safety fairs, contests, rallies and meetings. 

The Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office and community organizers have been dedicated to being a part of National Night Out by hosting block parties inviting people from the surrounding neighborhoods to participate.  Crime prevention information is provided and typically food and drinks are served.  Support from our communities has been outstanding with the food and drinks usually being provided free from the local businesses.  

In 2006 the City of Pine Island had 300 participates, the City of Kenyon had 150 participants and the City of Wanamingo had 40 participates.

SHERIFF’S CITIZENS ACADEMY
The Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office has found that education is one of the most effective ways of gaining understanding and support from the community.  The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy offers citizens insight into how deputies perform their duties and how the department serves the community. 

Mission of the Academy

The mission of the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy is to foster better communication between citizens and deputies through education and produce informed citizens.

Academy
The Academy creates a nucleus of well-informed citizens who possess greater insight into law enforcement practices and services.  This knowledge can dispel common suspicions, misconceptions and increase police-community cooperation.  It allows the citizens to be able to make informed judgments about the Sheriff’s Office and the entire criminal justice system.  In return deputies become more aware of the feelings and concerns of the community from the citizens.  Graduates of the Academy can share their knowledge and experiences with the community as the opportunity arises.  Everyone benefits from enhancing citizen understanding of the role and function of the Sheriff’s Office.  

Once a year the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office hosts a Citizens Academy, which is free of charge to attendees.  The academy has been expanded to include a variety of members from all areas of the criminal justice system.  The Academy is open to any person that is eighteen years of age or older, has no prior felony convictions and is a resident of Goodhue County. 

COURSE CURRICULUM INCLUDES: 

* Criminal Law * Recruitment/Training
* Patrol Procedures * Narcotics/Criminal Investigations
* K-9 / Bike Patrol * Emergency Response Team (SWAT)
* 911 / Communications Center * Internal Affairs
* Public Relations * Criminal Investigations / Crime Scene Processing
* Juvenile Procedures * Training / Use of Force / Firearms
* Traffic Stops * County Attorney’s Office / Probation Office
* Adult Detention Center (jail) * Ride Along Program with Deputies (optional)
* Crime Prevention Programs * Sheriff’s Posse
* Office of Emergency Management  

CRIME FREE MULTI-HOUSING
The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is a state-of-the-art crime prevention program designed to reduce crime, drugs, and gangs on apartment properties.  The benefits of the program include:

  • A stable, more satisfied tenant base.  Increased demand for rental units with a reputation for active management.
  • Lower maintenance and repair costs.  Increased property values.
  • Improved personal safety for tenants, landlords, and managers.

When drug criminals and other destructive tenants operate out of rental property, neighborhoods suffer and landlords pay a high price.  That price may include:

  • Decline in property values -- particularly when the activity begins affecting the reputation of the neighborhood.
  • Property damage arising from abuse, retaliation, or neglect; property damage from police raids.
  • Fire resulting from manufacturing or growing operations.  Civil penalties, including temporary closure of the property -- or even property seizure.  Loss of rent during the eviction and repair periods.
  • Fear and frustration when dealing with dangerous and threatening tenants. Increased resentment and anger between neighbors and property managers.
  • The loss of other valued tenants.

There are three phases to this program which is provided free of charge to the public by the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office.  

OTHER PROGRAMS
The Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office also provides free presentations to community groups and government organizations on various topics including; Police Canine Program, Emergency Response Team (SWAT), ATV/Boat and Water/Snowmobile Safety, Drug Use, Identity Theft, and Personal Safety.    

 

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