Public Safety Events
The Leesburg Police Department is always willing to partner with civic organizations, HOA’s, parent or special interest groups to facilitate public safety. Our organization would be happy to work with your group to hold a public safety event. These events generally focus on a specific safety topic and our agency will display age appropriate materials and equipment along with a wide variety of public safety information. These events are a critical component of our Community Oriented Policing program and promote a better understanding of law enforcement for citizens and children. Groups who wish to hold a public safety event may contact the Community Services Section at 703-771-4500.
Citizen’s Police Academy
This is a 12 week program where citizens can sign up to voluntary take a class to gain a better knowledge of the inner workings of their police department. This class also allows the citizens to gain a basic knowledge of law enforcement procedure, and methodology. This in turn helps the citizens better understand how they can be effective observers throughout the community and how to better help us keep their community safe. Many of the graduates of this academy go on to become members of our Citizen’s Support Team.
Citizen’s Support Team
The citizens support team is a group of uniformed volunteers from the community that assists the police department with special events and emergency situations and, while performing neighborhood patrol, acts as additional eyes and ears in the community. Trained by the Leesburg Police Department in traffic direction techniques, the volunteers help with traffic control during parades and other special events and often are called up for emergency traffic duty during fires, serious traffic accidents, and hazardous materials incidents or bomb threat situations. The team members also provide safety information and child DNA identification kits at school and other children’s events. These volunteers also provide additional vehicle patrols in the community and report back any suspicious activity. They take no law enforcement action but act solely as observers while officers are en route. In most incidents, these volunteers observe undetected and update officers on descriptions of vehicles and/or suspects and give direction of travel, etc. Their assistance has led to numerous arrests of persons that may have escaped had they not been under Support Team surveillance.