|The Community Services Section provides sophisticated and comprehensive prevention and support functions to other Department programs. These programs range from tailored enforcement actions such as traffic management, crash reconstruction, commercial/retail crime prevention, school security, and youth intervention strategies within the schools.
Youth Outreach Programs
Our agency has three outreach programs in place. These programs included a Junior Police Academy, KidSmart Safety Camp, and the Explorer Program.
Law Enforcement Explorer Post 1041
The Leesburg Police Department proudly sponsors Law Enforcement Explorer Post 1041 . Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade and are 14 years of age, or are 15 years of age but have not yet reached their 21st birthday.
Explorer Post 1041 help youth to gain insight into a variety of programs that offer hands-on career activities. For young men and women who are interested in careers in the field of law enforcement, Exploring offers experiential learning with lots of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth.
In 2007, the LPD Explorer Post 1041 was the recipient of the National Capital Area Council "Rookie Post of the Year" award. To apply as a member of the post, contact post advisor Master Police Officer Travis Lotz at 703-771-4578.
KidSmart Safety Camp
Junior Police Camp
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 enroute. 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.
Crime Prevention Unit
The Leesburg Police Department sponsors numerous crime prevention classes and provides specialized services at the request of the general public. These classes are taught by the department’s highly experienced crime prevention specialist. A small example of the types of classes that can be requested may be found below. The Leesburg Police Department also provides a wide variety of crime prevention services including residential and business security surveys, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) surveys, Community Watch, National Night Out, organized public safety fairs, and Crime Free Multi-Housing.
Available crime prevention classes:
- Personal Safety and Security
- Child Safety
- Traveling Safety
- Internet safety
- Senior Citizen Safety
- Campus Safety and Security
- Business Security
- Crime Prevention at Work
- Residential Security
- Holiday Safety
- Bicycle Safety
- Identity Theft Prevention
- Organizing Community Watch
- Gang Awareness
- Narcotic Identification and Awareness
- Burglary Prevention
- NRA Eddie Eagle Gun Safety for Kids
- Historical Preservation and Crime Prevention
- Bank Security and Safety
Child Safety Seat Inspections
The Leesburg Police Department Community Services has several certified child safety seat technicians available to assist citizens with the inspection of child safety seats. This service is free to all Town of Leesburg residents only and are made by appointment. For those that are not Leesburg residents, the department does conduct child safety seat inspection events. These events are open for anyone to get their child safety seats inspected, regardless of the jurisdiction that you live in. Any child safety seat inspection events are advertised and posted on this web site.
All car seat technicians are LPD officers assigned to the Traffic Management Unit. They are e certified by the National Safe Kids Coalition and have many years of experience in the field of traffic safety.
SAFETY SEAT INSPECTION APPOINTMENTS
Car Seat Inspection Coordinator
All inspections are conducted at Leesburg Police headquarters, located at 65 Plaza Street N.E.
| UPCOMING CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTION EVENTS
The Community Services Section also works with the Virginia Department of Health to provide the public with educational materials and other resources.