The 17th in the Community
Below are some of the current programs in the 17th Police District that contribute to positive community-police interaction. With your help and input, we hope to expand this list with even more community outreach work that will benefit everyone in the District.
- The 17th District PDAC meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday at the police station. Area residents, community organization representatives, business owners, an assistant District Attorney, Human Relations Commission representative, Captain Michael Gillespie and Community Relations Officer Gibson meet to discuss district issues, solutions to problems, and community activities.
- Several Town Watch organizations operate with the District. These citizen patrols, with their vests and flashlights, are a visible indication of neighbors caring about their area. The groups communicate regularly with Capt. Gillespie and patrol officers.
- The 17th District participates in the “Ride-Along Program” which allows our citizens to view police operations by riding with an on-duty officer. Those interested in participating must contact Officer Gibson to schedule a ride.
- The 17th District participates in “Operation Thanksgiving,” coordinated by Officer Gibson. The police officers, PDAC, and area businesses donate funds to provide holiday dinners for needy families.
- The 17th District participates in Youth Aid Panels, sending representatives to serve on these boards. First time young offenders enrolled in this program are required to meet with the board to create a contract in which the juvenile agrees to some form of community service or activity instead of detention or probation. The panel members work directly with these kids to ensure that conditions are met and responsibility taken.
- Currently, two PDAC members sit on the Police Radio Advisory Board, representing area citizens in this group which works to improve “911” service.
The Commanding Officer's Community Projects include:
- The CRO, with fellow police officers and PDAC members, help coordinates a “Fun & Safety Day” each August in Wharton Square. Kids and families are invited for food, games, and safety information.
- Periodically the CRO holds community workshops on topics of importance to citizens.