Crime Prevention and Community Programs
Neighborhood Watch Programs
Gulfport Neighborhood Watch is little more than getting to know your neighbors. There are four very organized groups in Gulfport that you are welcome to join. You can become a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain and help support the watch group in your immediate neighborhood. Whatever your level of interest, we can help. The Gulfport Police Department through its Volunteer Coordinator, will help you with training to become a Block Captain, 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, Jim Wright at 893-1022 or email Jim Wright to get up to date information on the following meetings below.
City Wide Meeting
1st Wednesday of every month @7pm
Gulfport Neighborhood Center: 1617 49th Street South
Marina District Meeting
2nd Wednesday of every month @ 7pm
Gulfport Lions Club: 4630 Tifton Drive South
The Strand Neighborhood Watch Meeting ( Includes Town Shores )
3rd Wednesday of each month @ 7pm
Gulfport Recreation Center: 5730 Shore Blvd
Stetson Area Neighborhood Watch Meeting
4th Wednesday of each month @ 7pm
Stetson College of Law: 1401 61st Street South
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