The Power of Partnership
Updated On: Nov 16, 2018

The Power of Partnership

Community safety is a true team effort. Our officers value constructive feedback and collaborating with community members. Want to know how you can get involved and make a difference in your community? Here are just a few ways you can help…

  1. Wave and say hi! A simple greeting or smile can go a long way when an officer’s had a rough day.
  2. Show your appreciation. The words “thank you” let officers know that they have done a good job. If an officer helps you out, say thanks and let them know you appreciate their efforts. Do you know an officer in your community whose efforts really stand out? If so, send us a message and tell us all about it.
  3. Make the group effort.  Whether it’s a church group, social club, or just a gathering of neighbors, plan a time to get together and cook-out, clean up the block, or have a community walk. Call your local MPD district and let them know the time and place—our officers would love to join you.
  4. Volunteer. Citizen volunteers supplement and support officers and civilian personnel in many ways. Volunteering can be as simple as helping set up a community event or as involved as becoming a Reserve Officer with full police powers. Check the MPD website for ways to volunteer.
  5. Join your Advisory Neighborhood Commission. Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) are community groups designed to connect community members more directly to district government. They hold regular meetings to discuss matters affecting their neighborhoods and advise the district government on how it can best serve their needs. Likewise, numerous city services often reach out to the ANCs for input in formulating new plans and policies. Send suggestions to your local ANC online, attend your local ANC’s meetings, or even serve as a Commissioner on your ANC. Find out more here…
  6. Get your kids involved! Police have a stronger, more positive influence on youth when kids understand that the police are there to help, not there to punish them when they make mistakes. Introduce your kids to officers when you see them, and please refrain from using officers as a scare tactic. Warning children that the police will punish them when they misbehave creates fear and negative impressions. Lasting, positive relationships between officers and children create safer, healthier communities.
  7. Join the MPD Cadet program. If you think you might be a good fit for a career in law enforcement, consider joining the MPD Cadet Corps. The Cadet Corps prepares youth interested in law enforcement for candidacy in the Metropolitan Police Academy. The program offers a wealth of on-the-job learning experiences, and provides college tuition for up to 60 credit hours, in addition to an annual salary of over $30,000. Learn more here…
  8. Follow the DC Police Union on social media! Stay aware of police events in the community, various crime and traffic alerts, and general information regarding the police department. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Contact Info
DC Police Union
1524 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

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