Bank robbery: A target for community policing

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.

Some excerpts:

“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.”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

9 thoughts on “Bank robbery: A target for community policing”

  1. Let’s hope the Nevada City Council gets a dialogue going about “bank robbery: a target for community policing”

  2. When I purchase my wonderful 1870 home on Prospect Hill back in 1984, I was 34 years old and this town was still going through a renaissance of sorts from the onslaught of younger minds transporting themselves into the ranks of the Cousin Jacks and making their progressive marks within the community. We really didn’t have any crime to speak of and with full trust, left our doors for the most part unlocked day and night. We knew each police officer in town by name and we would greet each other as neighbors if passed by on the street. David Burke comes to mind and he ran the fisrt canine division here in town. What a honorable & natural influence he was. As I remember, he’d spend time going into Seven Hills making contact and formulating a bond of trust amongst our children. This wasn’t something that was asked of him. He must did it.

    Have times changed. My little neighborhood has become a street fair of homeless comedians and people suffering from mental disorders due to a lack of government funding. Let’s just call it a touch more colorful than before. At all hours I hear the screechers, the yellers of profanity or the ones that simply just sit down to converse with the world within themselves on your doorstep.

    Getting back to the subject matter…there no longer is a connect within this town. Oh yes, there are the “meet & greets” at the local coffe shop and I might singularly know at least one or two on the local force by name or recognition, but that as empty as it gets. Seriously, I don’t feel protected and I’m within arms reach of downtown and the 3rd robery to the only bank in town. There have been numerous times when I’ve had to make a call into the “boys in blue” due to my uncomfortableness around a certain agressive populous that continues their transient migration between the Chevron station and the tarped encampments behind Pioneer Park. It’s desperate times for many and I don’t have the answer nor the solve to a nation-wide crisus. But I do know that as a city, we need to change, become more interactive and make a difference on all levels of the human race.

  3. On Facebook, I noticed a local law enforcement person cite the “double dip” opportunities in the foothills for a better retirement. This is becoming part of the culture around here.

  4. The public safety apologists don’t think it is possible to target bank robberies in community policing in our towns, because Suffolk County has a much larger population/funding. Of course it is possible. There is only one bank left in town to focus on.

  5. No intelligent response from the cretins on Todd’s blog; just personal attacks. No signed names either. And Todd was a County Supervisor. Go figure.

  6. First, Todd Juvinall’s blog is full of lies and innuendo. Now it is making outright threats. A troll wrote tonight: “We have had enough of his and that Senum woman’s mental illnesses. Their kind of speech is not free. It has consequences in the real world.”

  7. Todd’s blog is a cess pool, and his aberrant behavior reflects on the natives — and the groups and “electeds” that he associates with.

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