Editor’s note: In light of three bank robberies in 18 months at the TriCounties Bank in Nevada City, I found this article interesting:
“Through a crime awareness course, the Suffolk County Police Department takes an active role in helping financial institutions protect themselves,” it reads.
“As its name implies, community policing involves citizens and the police working together to help resolve community crime problems. During the past decade, the community policing approach has helped law enforcement agencies throughout the United States reestablish bonds with the communities they serve.”
“In Suffolk County, New York, investigators developed and implemented an innovative community policing program that provides the employees of financial institutions with formal crime awareness training. The approach has proven so successful and popular that variations of the original program have been developed to assist other potential crime victims.”
“Detectives finalized the formal plan for the one-day training seminar. The first Financial Institution Crime Awareness Course was held at the Suffolk County Police Department Training Academy.”
“In an effort to measure the long-term success of the program, the police department monitored the number of bank robberies, arrests, and convictions in the region. Despite a steady rise in bank robberies nationwide, the number of bank robberies in the Long Island metropolitan area has leveled off since the inception of the training program.”
“As the success of the Financial Institution Crime Awareness Course became known to other law enforcement agencies in the New York metropolitan area and beyond, the Suffolk County Police Department began receiving numerous requests to provide training to police personnel from other agencies interested in adopting a similar program. To date, the Suffolk County Police Department has trained more than 300 law enforcement officers from more than 100 law enforcement agencies in 6 states, as well as security personnel from retail department stores, supermarkets, and private corporations.”