Programs

In addition to routine police services, the Perry Township Police Department also provides the following special programs:

 

D.A.R.E. Program   

D.A.R.E. is a highly acclaimed, police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teach children how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug-and-violence-free lives. The program emphasis of D.A.R.E. is to help the students recognize and resist the many subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with drugs, gangs and violence. In addition, program strategies are planned to focus on feelings relating to self esteem, interpersonal and communication skills, decision making, and positive alternatives to drug behavior.

For more information on the D.A.R.E. 

 

School Resource Officer Program 

The S.R.O. Program puts a police officer into the Perry Schools. While in the schools, the S.R.O. assists the school staff in maintaining a safe, structured learning environment. The S.R.O. is available for counseling with the school staff, parents and students. The S.R.O. will also visit classrooms and teach students about law enforcement and community responsibilities.

Creating a safe place where students can learn and grow depends on partnerships among students, parents, police, and other community agencies. To prevent school violence, we must find out how crime threatens schools in Perry Township. We must take actions to protect children and promote nonviolent ways to manage conflict.

For More information on the S.R.O. Program

 

Citizen's Police Academy

The Citizen's Academy affords residents of Perry Township the opportunity to get an in depth look at how the police department functions as an integral part of the community. Classes focus on the department's role in the community, it's purpose for existence, principle accountabilities, goals, mission, and objectives but primarily it is an information sharing agenda. Students will have the opportunity to tour the Canton-Stark County Crime Lab, The Massillon City Jail, the Municipal Court and to ride along with Perry Police Officers as they perform their duties.

For more information, ask for Ptl. Mike Pomesky or Ptl. Bill Watson.

 

Bike Patrol 

In March 1998, the Perry Township Police Department began to examine the possibility of a bicycle patrol as part of our community policing initiative. Officers contacted local businesses who agreed to donate funds to assist with the purchase of bicycles and equipment. The Cameron Coca Cola Company bought our first bike at a cost of $695.00. Beaver Excavating donated $250.00 towards the purchase of equipment for the bicycle and has agreed to purchase another bicycle for the department. The police department has only spent about $200.00 for a bicycle rack for the cruiser and other miscellaneous equipment.

The use of bicycles can enhance the detection and prevention of different types of criminal activity in an assigned area. The first time the bike was used, the officer made three arrests, which he attributed to the bicycle. An officer on a bicycle can blend in with a crowd and can approach suspects undetected. The bike patrol has been used in neighborhoods, at local sporting events and in other jurisdictions for mutual aid. We have received very positive feedback from all areas where officers have used the bicycle. The comments we have received show community support for this project.

Crime Watch Program

Crime affects the entire community- families, churches, schools and businesses - and draws no lines between race, creed or color. With crime increasing, how can you reduce your odds of being a victim? How can you, along with your neighbors, work more effectively with the police to improve the quality of life in your neighborhood? One method is through neighborhood Crime Watch.

Crime Watch is a crime prevention that enlists the active participation of all citizens in cooperation with the police department to reduce crime and criminal opportunity in our community. Crime Watch encourages residents to become more aware of potential problems wherever they might occur as they attend normal routines each day. Neighborhood Crime Watch members are the eyes and ears of the police department.

Crime prevention is everyone's business, and involves more than just home or business security. Crime prevention is the central theme of your police department, but it requires cooperation from all segments of the community. By working with the neighborhoods and recognizing their individual concerns and problems, we will be able to assist in educating the community better and tailor responses that will improve the quality of life for everyone.

For more information, you may call the department or e-mail for information.

 

Security Surveys

Free home security inspections by the police department are one way to reduce burglaries, robberies, and theft of property. The police department will schedule an inspection by a sworn officer who will examine doors, window locks, lighting, landscaping, fencing and alarm systems for weaknesses in security. Some insurance companies may provide incentives for home security inspections. To be successful, residents must be willing to implement the recommendations.

For more information, you may call the department or e-mail for information.

Public Speaking

 

The Perry Township Police Department welcomes the opportunity to interact with the public so we may gain new insights into the needs of the community. If requested, the police department will schedule an officer or representative to speak at neighborhood meetings, for civic organizations, youth organizations, etc.

For more information, you may call the department or e-mail for information.