Crime Prevention and Community Programs
Crime Watch Programs
Crime watch is little more than getting to know your neighbors. There are some very organized groups in Gulfport that you are welcome to join; you can start a new program in your neighborhood; or you can just go introduce yourself to your neighbors. Whatever your level of interest, we can help. The Gulfport Police Department will help you find a place to meet, help you get organized, provide tips and other information, and even participate in your meetings. If this is something you may be interested in, please contact our volunteer coordinator at 893-1022. The date and time for the current neighborhood watch meetings are listed below:
City Wide Meeting
1st Wednesday of every month @7pm
Gulfport Neighborhood Center
Marina District Meeting
2nd Wednesday of every month @ 7pm
Gulfport Lions Club
The Strand Neighborhood Watch Meeting
3rd Wednesday of each month @ 7pm
Gulfport Recreation Center
Stetson Area Neighborhood Watch Meeting
4th Wednesday of each month @ 7pm
Stetson College of Law
We have officers who have special certifications based on advanced training and experience in crime prevention through environmental design. These officers can survey your property and provide expert tips on simple, cost-effective improvements that you can make to reduce your risk of being victimized. To schedule a survey, contact us at 893-1041.
Citizens Police Academy
Typically once per year (more or less depending on demand), we host a citizens' academy which gives participants an in-depth look at how we do business. The program runs for eight-ten weeks, one night per week, and attendees will experience everything from the crash investigation and communications center to the gun range and the pursuit driving course. For more information, contact the program coordinator at 893-1111.
Exploring is a program for youth between the ages of 14 and 21 who want to learn more about a potential career field. Law Enforcement is but one of many types of Exploring units. Members attend biweekly meetings, quarterly regional meetings, and annual state and/or national competitions. Experienced members can participate in ride-alongs with police officers and may also be selected to compete on the Explorer shooting team. For more information, contact Officer Jason Motte.
Photos from the 2014 Citizens' Police Academy