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Proactive Policing? I thought the Police just react.

Proactive Policing? I thought the Police just react.

A problem that plagues every police department is the balance between reactive and proactive policing. If the public and police prevent crime we don't have to react as much, but if we are busy reacting to crime we can't spend much time preventing it. Crime prevention depends on a healthy relationship with the public, and we all know the key to a healthy relationship is effective communication. That's why the Heber City Police Department has been working on several new projects:

Facebook: “Like” us at Facebook.com/HeberCityPolice to receive updates on critical incidents, active warrants, crime prevention tips, and other information. You can also post comments and ask questions in a public forum.

HCPD.us: Visit HCPD.us to view our interactive incident map. Have you ever wondered why there were flashing lights down the street from you? Or just want to know what's been going on around you. Most incidents are online within 24 hours.

Many of you have had to fill out a witness statement at some point, and often it's for a relatively minor incident. We now have an online witness statement form to make that necessary but inconvenient task a little easier.

Bicycle Theft: Bicycle theft is more common than you probably realize. We currently have about 50 bicycles in storage that have been recovered around Heber City during the past year or two. If your bicycle is stolen please report it, we can't help if we don't know about it. You can also be proactive and register your bicycle for FREE. You can go to HCPD.us and fill out our online registration form, or stop by the Police Department. We will document details about your bicycle and take a photo that will be accessible from our patrol vehicles before it gets stolen. You will also receive a unique sticker for your bicycle to show would be thieves it's registered.

Anonymous tips: Text HCPD followed by your tip to 274-637 (CRIMES). You will then receive a response with your alias. We can respond to you, but we will NOT receive your phone number or real name. You can also go to www.tipsoft.com or HCPD.us to submit an online form with more information.

Volunteers: You may have seen or been helped by one our VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service). We would like to take this opportunity to recognize Larry London for the many hours he has put in to help this community and make our jobs easier. We would also like to welcome Jack Rose as our newest member. Both of these men have been reserve officers for Heber City in the past. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please stop by to pick up an application.


BY BRYAN BRESNAN   10/13/2011



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