Southwest Region Crime Prevention Association

Southwest Region Crime Prevention Association Crime Prevention Association covering the Southwest Region of Virginia: SRCPA
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Southwest Regional Crime Prevention Association in Virginia to cover the Counties of: Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Pittsylvania, Roanoke, Rockbridge, and Rockingham; and the towns and independent cities located within the designated counties.

Mission: SRCPA is organized for the following purposes: Providing a forum for the exchange of ideas to reduce crime through prevention and resistance; Coordinating crime prevention and crime resistance activities; Promoting collective responsibility and involvement among citizens and law enforcement agencies in preventing crime; Informing state and local policy makers of current crime prevention issues, opportunities, and alternative solutions; Increasing the effectiveness of crime prevention efforts through shared technology, exchange of information, and efficient use of resources; and Sponsoring and supporting training opportunities for law enforcement personnel and citizens.

Securing the Faithful Training Seminar:We live in a time of violence, a time where everyone wants their few minutes of f...
01/13/2020
Security in Houses of Worship — Crime Prevention Training

Securing the Faithful Training Seminar:

We live in a time of violence, a time where everyone wants their few minutes of fame, even if they need die at the end of it. Violence is rampant and the world needs the church now more than ever. Our faith leaders have an awesome responsibility to congregants to watch not only for their spiritual safety but also their physical safety. The burning question is how do we provide for the safety of our flock while remaining an open and inviting congregation, this seminar by an expert in this field will answer that question and provide guidance to many of the questions asked by faith leaders today. This training is unique in that it is based upon a biblical approach to all questions related to security, yet also applies sound principles of risk reduction and methods for Securing the Faithful.
AGENDA COVERS
✓ The Changing World and Violence in Places of
Worship
✓ Safety Teams Selection and Role
✓ The Importance of Greetings
✓ The Question of Firearms in Places of Worship
✓ Addressing Violence Potential (The Three R’s)
✓ Policy and Planning for Violence
✓ The Use of Force (When Justified)
✓ Evaluating the Physical Environment
✓ What to Expect When the Police Arrive.
Who should attend? Any faith organization’s leadership and safety team, as well as local law enforcement officers called upon to work with them in making the place of worship safer.
Date, Location and Time:
February 22, 2020
09:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with breaks and time out for lunch (on your own). 5401-B Barns Ave NW (Room 215/216), Roanoke, VA 24019
The small fee for this course includes a copy of the instructor’s book, Securing the Faithful, as well as handout materials to supplement the training and book contents.
Cost & Registration: The fee to attend this newly updated seminar is currently $30 per person, but only 60 seats are available.
To register and pay using a credit card please go to https://www.crimepreventioncenter.org/training-courses/a7-19 and complete the form, or to register multiple attendees of for questions call 540-266-4691.

This course provides churches proven techniques for establishing safety in the church, while maintaining the inviting openness critical to the church's mission. This course is infused with scripture, demonstrating that we have truly been given all things pertaining to life and Godliness. Contact u

Happy New Year everyone!  In case you  missed it, there was a good article about porch pirates on WSET news!  Crime Prev...
01/02/2020
Post office and police team up with tips to prevent people from stealing packages

Happy New Year everyone!

In case you missed it, there was a good article about porch pirates on WSET news! Crime Prevention Specialist with Roanoke, Joshua Johnson offered some good advice! https://wset.com/news/local/post-office-and-police-team-up-with-tips-to-prevent-people-from-stealing-packages

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- We've all seen the videos of people stealing packages left on porches. Roanoke City Police say there were five police reports filed for stolen packages in the month of December and potentially a lot more were left unreported. The U. S. Postal Service and police have some tips....

08/21/2019

Thank you to everyone who came to the last two meetings! We appreciate the leadership of Debbie Bell as president, Joshua Johnson as VP, and Vickie Pickle as our new treasurer. Thanks to Noel DePalma for his service for the last few years as treasure too. We also bid goodbye to Teresa Benson as she pursues a new career path, but appreciate her service as our secretary.

Excited to share a General Instructor Development opportunity for employees of member agencies of Central Virginia Crimi...
09/25/2018

Excited to share a General Instructor Development opportunity for employees of member agencies of Central Virginia Criminal Justice

Shared on behalf of Member Agency - City of Danville Police Department
08/16/2018

Shared on behalf of Member Agency - City of Danville Police Department

@DanvillePD warning of recent increase in Phone Scam Attempts
Most Recent to surface are the IRS Scam and the Incarcerated Relative Scam
Protect Yourself / Learn More @ http://www.danville-va.gov/595/Scams-Schemes

Greetings from the SRCPA Board members, Our Newsletter will serve to update and inform members of training events, miles...
08/16/2018

Greetings from the SRCPA Board members, Our Newsletter will serve to update and inform members of training events, milestones and general news happening in the Crime Prevention community. We are thinking of making this a quarterly issue. In future issues, we welcome any news such as people who have recently received their Crime Prevention Specialist Certification or other crime prevention milestones, new crime prevention ideas your jurisdiction may be involved in, information needing to be shared about new crimes happening, regional training opportunities and any other information you think others in the crime prevention community may like to hear.

The  Crime Prevention community in Virginia lost a wonderful, long time servant this week. Retired Alleghany County Depu...
03/31/2018
Kitchen fire kills man, leaves wife in critical condition

The Crime Prevention community in Virginia lost a wonderful, long time servant this week. Retired Alleghany County Deputy Barry Rose was killed in a house fire, and his wife is in critical condition at VCU. Please keep this family in your prayers.

https://www.wsls.com/news/virginia/highlands/kitchen-fire-kills-man-leaves-wife-in-critical-condition

A retired Alleghany County deputy has died after a fire that left his wife in critical condition.

SRCPA is sharing the following training opportunities on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia Fusion Liaison Training ...
03/09/2018

SRCPA is sharing the following training opportunities on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia Fusion Liaison Training Program
Safety for Faith Based Organizations
see attached photos for more information

SRCPA is sharing the following warning about Facebook messages with links to child pornography:Be aware of messages from...
02/05/2018
CyberTip Report

SRCPA is sharing the following warning about Facebook messages with links to child pornography:

Be aware of messages from unknown sources especially those including links to unfamiliar or unsolicited locations on the web.
Should you find yourself in receipt of a message that opens as child pornography, follow these recommended steps:

1. Contact local law enforcement and immediately report the photos or videos to Facebook.
2. People who come across images or video that depict a child being sexually exploited should also notify the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children by calling 1-800-843-5678 or visiting https://report.cybertip.org
3. DO NOT share, download or comment on the content: It can be criminal to share, or send messages with, photos and videos of children being sexually abused and exploited. You won't be asked to provide a copy of the content in any report to Facebook.

For Facebook users, questions regarding their reporting process can be found at https://www.facebook.com/help/189165674568397?helpref=related

For other social media platforms, check the helps or FAQ section for their specific response protocol.

Remember! Do not share or save questionable images or videos as your actions with them could be investigated as a criminal offense. It is a felony offense to possess, produce, distribute or otherwise make available images of a sexually explicit nature involving minor children.
§ 18.2-374.1 https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter8/section18.2-374.1/

02/01/2018
01/30/2018

First SRCPA meeting of 2018 will be February 13th, 2018, at 10:30am, at the Piedmont Regional Criminal Justice Training Academy, located at 1024 DuPont Road, Martinsville, VA 24112.

11/04/2017

Our next meeting is November 14, in Bedford, VA at the Old Liberty Station restaurant. Please join us to update memberships for this next year, elect new board members, and make plans for our next training! See you at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, November 14th!

Rick Arrington will be doing a free one day Securing the Faithful presentation in Brookneal, VA.  Please see the flyer f...
10/13/2017

Rick Arrington will be doing a free one day Securing the Faithful presentation in Brookneal, VA. Please see the flyer for details and share this information with people in your jurisdictions that would be interested in attending!

#FamilyFunDay  The Lynchburg Police Helping Hands Foundation is hosting a fund raiser family fun day at the DeVault Fami...
10/03/2017

#FamilyFunDay The Lynchburg Police Helping Hands Foundation is hosting a fund raiser family fun day at the DeVault Family Vineyards in Concord, VA on Saturday, October 8, from 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Proceeds are used to help our law enforcement officers, dispatchers, and civilian employees with medical expenses, funeral expenses, or travel costs when a critically ill child is at a hospital outside of our city.

09/29/2017

CHANGE OF DATE FOR NEXT MEETING!!!

Due to our next meeting date falling on the election day, the executive board has decided to move the meeting to November 14th.

Hopefully this change will better accommodate everyone's work schedule since many people will be assigned to work at polling sites.

Please plan to attend this next meeting on November 14th, 11:00 AM, in Bedford, Virginia. We will meet for lunch at the Old Liberty Station Restaurant.

This will be our meeting to vote on new officers, get updates from the state crime prevention symposium, and share ideas from our local jurisdictions.

09/16/2017

The next quarterly meeting of the Southwest Regional Crime Prevention Association will be held on November 7, 11:00 AM, in Bedford, Virginia. We will meet for lunch at the old Liberty Station Restaurant. This will be our meeting to vote on officers, get updates from the state crime prevention symposium, and share ideas from our local jurisdictions. Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend!

08/31/2017
Roanoke Police Department - VA

Roanoke Police Department - VA

In this edition of RPD Talks, Crime Prevention Specialist Scott Leamon discuss the importance of locking your vehicles so any thieves won't steal your stuff... and how some people have been making it easy for thieves by leaving their keys in their car with the car unlocked.

08/08/2017
Macado's - Google Search

The next regular meeting for the Southwest Regional Crime Prevention Association has been set for Wednesday August 9, 2017

Location:
Macado's (Roanoke County Location)
4237 Electric Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018
(540) 776-9884
https://g.co/kgs/Zwv7DB
Date / time
Wednesday August 9th / 1130-1300 hours

We will be discussing potential changes to the by-laws, such as annual dues adjustments and nominating a slate of officers for the upcoming term.
Additionally we should consider a potential training event for late fall or early spring. One possible suggestion has been made regarding CPTED, Other options are encouraged.

Officers :
President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary
The nominations will be tabled and voted on at our next meeting in the fall

08/01/2017
Macado's - Google Search

Greetings All,

The next regular meeting for the Southwest Regional Crime Prevention Association has been set for Wednesday August 9, 2017

Location:
Macado's (Roanoke County Location)
4237 Electric Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018
(540) 776-9884
https://g.co/kgs/Zwv7DB
Date / time
Wednesday August 9th / 1130-1300 hours

We will be discussing potential changes to the by-laws, such as annual dues adjustments and nominating a slate of officers for the upcoming term.
Additionally we will consider a potential training event for late fall or early spring. One possible suggestion has been made regarding CPTED, Other options are encouraged.

Officers :
President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary
The nominations will be tabled and voted on at our next meeting in the fall

Hope to see you there / tbs

Cpl. T. B. Scearce CCPS
Corporal / Certified Crime Prevention Specialist
City of Danville Police Department
VP- Southwest Regional Crime Prevention Association
434.797.8898 office
434.489.8443 mobile
434.799.5235 fax
[email protected]
http://www.danville-va.gov/

05/11/2017

Thank you to all of the people who attended our training last week! For those who are interested in being a part of the Southwest Regional Crime Prevention Association, you are asked to mark your calendars now for our next quarterly meeting. It will be held on Tuesday, August 8, in the Roanoke area. More details will be posted once we confirm the location. If you have any questions about the group, please feel free to contact the secretary, Cindy Kozerow, at the Lynchburg Police Department, 434-455-6145.

Next week is National Police Week! Let us not forget our friends and colleagues who have paid the ultimate price to serve and protect!!!

Registration to attend the Safety for Faith Based Organizations in Lynchburg on May 3, 2017 is closed.  However, this sa...
05/01/2017

Registration to attend the Safety for Faith Based Organizations in Lynchburg on May 3, 2017 is closed. However, this same training is being offered several other times around the state by the Virginia State Police Fusion Center. The next one is June 8 in LaCrosse, and June 28 in Rocky Mount. See the flyer for more information.

03/24/2017
River City TV

River City TV

The City of Danville Police Department is asking for your help in reducing the number of firearms stolen from vehicles in the City. Danville Police Chief Philip Broadfoot addressed the issue during a news conference today.

Safety for Faith-Based OrganizationsLynchburg, Virginia...
03/23/2017

Safety for Faith-Based Organizations
Lynchburg, Virginia...

03/15/2017

TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT!!

Safety for Faith-Based Organizations
Lynchburg, Virginia

The Virginia Fusion Center, sponsored by the Southwest Regional Crime Prevention Association, is providing a one day training on how religious organizations can be welcoming and implement safety precautions at the same time. Topics will include violence in places of worship, addressing potential threats, policy and planning for violence, safety in outreach, firearms in places of worship and civilian response to active shooter events.

Instructors for this training session will be Mr. Rick Arrington, Crime Prevention Programs Manager with the Division of Law Enforcement and Security Services, and Virginia State Police Special Agent, Austin White.

Virginia DCJS Law Enforcement Officers: 5.5 hrs. Career Development and 2 hours of Cult. Div. PIC approved. Virginia DCJS Crime Prevention 7.5 hours CPS credit approved.

DATE: May 3, 2017
TIME: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.
LOCATION: Forest Baptist Church,
Two Church Lane and Hwy 221, Forest, Virginia

TUITION: FREE

AUDIENCE: Law enforcement officers, church security team members, pastors, ushers, and concerned members of the faith-based community

DETAILS: Class is lecture based. Dress is business causal. Meals are NOT provided, but there will be an hour long break for lunch; there are many restaurants nearby.

PRE-REGISTRATION is REQUIRED as space is limited.

Please call Cindy Kozerow at 434-455-6145 to register.

If you get the voice mail, please leave your name, agency or church, phone number, and e-mail address to register.

You will be sent an e-mail confirmation with additional details.

02/20/2017

For everyone who has asked "when are you going to offer another training seminar on church security?" your question is about to be answered. Mark May 3, 2017, on your calendars!

We have arranged for Virginia State Police Special Agent Austin White, and Rick Arrington, with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, to come to central Virginia to teach a one day class on securing houses of worship. More details will be announced soon, but this will be a FREE one day training. Pre-registration will be required so that we will have the right amount of handouts.

Attendees will have to grab lunch on their own at nearby restaurants on May 3. (Sorry, no meals will be provided this time, but hey, the training is FREE!)!!! Check back in a few days, and spred the word to invite pastors, elders, deacons, ushers, congregation leaders, etc. so we will have a large number attending.

The National Crime Prevention Council has provided the following information to help keep you safe and crime free over t...
12/20/2016
www.bytecrime.org

The National Crime Prevention Council has provided the following information to help keep you safe and crime free over the holidays!

With the holidays rapidly approaching, our thoughts turn to buying, giving and receiving gifts, visiting friends and family, and sharing delightful culinary experiences. However, there are others whose thoughts are occupied with unattended electronic/appliance-filled houses or apartments, distracted shoppers with extra cash in a purse or wallet, or the next “con job” in the name of a Christmas charity. Buyers also need to be aware of counterfeiters who want to entice them with promised bargains. Bargains that may be costly in the end. Counterfeit products may threaten our health and safety.

If you are traveling:
• Put an automatic timer on your lights.
• Ask a neighbor to check up on your home.
• Don’t forget to have your mail and newspaper delivery stopped.
• Sign up for email and text alert systems at your campus/local police departments to stay in touch if you may be away during the holidays.

If you are out of the house:
• Turn on lights and music or the TV so it looks as if someone is home.
• Be sure that your doors and windows are locked.
• Don’t display your gifts where they can be seen from the outside.
• If you plan to have packages delivered to your home, make sure you are home to accept them. If not, as a neighbor or ask that the package be sent to the nearest post office.

If you are shopping at a mall or a store:
• Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you. Park in a well-lighted space.
• Be sure to lock your car, close windows, and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.
• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a check or credit card whenever possible.
• Call to cancel missing and stolen credit and debit cards immediately.
• Make sure to complete warranty and/or product registration forms and mail them out as soon as possible since they may provide some kind of protection or replacement value if your property is stolen.
• Check receipts to see whether your full credit card number appears. If a receipt has your full number on it, take a pen and thoroughly scratch it out.
• Double check that you have your credit cards and check book after you pay for your items.
Top tips to help avoid purchasing counterfeits:
• Beware of “too good to be true” prices.
• Be careful when buying through foreign sites.
• Purchase from authorized dealers or directly from the manufacturer.
• Check to make sure the packaging is of high quality.
NCPC also reminds holiday shoppers to keep safety in mind as they hunt for bargains.

Shopping in Stores:
• Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.
• Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases. Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in.
• Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as onetime or multiuse disposable credit cards or money orders, at online stores and auction sites.
• Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information.
• Tell a security guard or store employee of you see an unattended bag or package. The same applies of you are using mass transit or walking to and from your car.
• Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
• Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
• Do not leave packages visible through your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.

Shopping with Small Children:
• If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from each other.
• For the older children, have a central meeting spot designated.
• For the younger children, teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated. Be sure they know your name (not just mommy or daddy), cell phone number, and their address. Go over the dangers of strangers with them so they know who not to talk to or follow.

Shopping online:
• Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone’s computer should have anti-virus, anti-spam software, as well as a good firewall installed. Visit www.bytecrime.org for the free software downloads.
• Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner.
• Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
• Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address.
Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company.

Taking prevention measures up front can save you from being a victim this holiday season.

Address

SRCPA C/o LPD 805 Court Street
Lynchburg, VA
24504

Telephone

(434) 455-6070

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