Wouldn’t it be great if we could prevent our citizens from ever becoming crime victims? At the Abington Police Department, that’s our goal. While Abington Township is a very safe place to live and work, crime does happen sometimes. To help prevent victimization, Abington police officers work with residents and businesses to promote crime prevention.
Crime prevention is the science of recognizing what criminals look for and then reducing or eliminating such opportunities in a practical way. The more we can do to make it harder for the thief by increasing the time, visibility or noise factors, the more we are going to discourage him/her from selecting our residence, business, or ourselves as a target in the first place. Thus, we can discourage the thief by being smart enough to reduce opportunity by being prepared.
The Abington Police Department can assist with you with helpful information on ways to safeguard your property and your life. For more information contact the Community Policing Division at 267-536-1100 ext. 1150.
The Abington HUB is a community policing based model in which social service providers from across Abington Township meet to address multi-systemic risk scenarios and offer quick, multi-agency intervention and support. Discussions that take place at these meetings involve but are not limited to cases involving domestic abuse, substance abuse and at risk youth. By working together we are better able to provide needed services in a timely and more efficient manner to residents of our community.
‘Virtual Ride Along’ on Social Media
The Abington Township Police Department invites you to ride along with officers throughout the year as we use Twitter to give our community a glimpse of what Abington Police Officers experience during a normal patrol shift. The dates and time of the ‘Virtual Ride Along’ will be announced prior to each event and listed on our Event Calendar.
The ‘Virtual Ride Along’ will follow calls for service during the evening shift, tweeting information about those calls during the night along with photos and videos of the officers at work. It will be as if the residents are in the front seat of the patrol car!
Through the use of the ‘Virtual Ride Along’ program, the Abington Police Department hopes to enhance public trust and to continue to build partnerships with our community. The program will also allow our residents to get to know some of the officers who serve Abington Township every day.
Be Part of a proud volunteer organization founded over 70 years ago, support the Abington Police Department, and serve the community that is one of the 100 best US communities to live in! Police volunteers who dedicate hundreds of hours toward supporting the Abington Township Police Department. Since its formation in the mid 1940’s, the organization has assisted the Police Department with traffic and crowd control at fires, auto accidents, parades, community events and other emergencies. Though not armed, they are authorized to use police band radio communications equipment, and police vehicles when appropriate.
Our Mission: The mission of the Abington Township Special Police is to maintain a continuous commitment to upholding the highest standards of professionalism in volunteer public service and to assist the Abington Township Police Department when such assistance is deemed advisable; with the purpose to augment, not replace, the Abington Township Police.
All interested applicants please click here to complete the application process. All completed applications should be submitted to Sgt. Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at Abington Township Police Department. Any questions, please call 267-536-1100 ext. 1665.
Citizens & Police Together (C.A.P.T.)
C.A.P.T. (Citizens and Police Together) is a local, non-profit organization which offers financial and volunteer support for many of the Abington Township Police Department’s community projects. C.A.P.T. is dedicated to reducing crime and the fear of crime, by strengthening the Abington community through organized community events, educational and awareness programs, and intergenerational activities for youth and adults.
C.A.P.T. also coordinates events and resources which are intended to foster an ongoing partnership between the Abington community and the Abington Township Police Department. Leadership for C.A.P.T. is provided by a panel of community stakeholders representing schools, businesses, health care organizations, local youth, and individual community volunteers.
As such, C.A.P.T. has taken a leadership role in a number of key projects, including the annual 24 Hour Relay Challenge. The Challenge provides funding for community mini-grants as well as Police Department’s programs such as the Citizens Police Academy and D.A.R.E. For more information about C.A.P.T. and its activities, e-mail Community Policing Coordinator Jack Murphy or call 267-536-1071.
24-Hour Relay Challenge
This successful and unique C.A.P.T. program established in 1995 brings together youth and adults in a community fundraising event that occurs in an atmosphere free of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and violence. Participants form 10-person teams with one member continuously walking, running or jogging around a track for 24 hours. Entertainment, food and fun abound in a spirit of community cooperation. Months of planning and preparation go into making this annual event a reality. Students, adults, the Abington School District, and the community all work together, raising funds which improve the Abington community in the form of C.A.P.T. grants and initiatives. For more information about the 24-Hour Relay Challenge, e-mail Community Policing Coordinator Jack Murphy.
Abington Township is fortunate to have a well-established Town Watch program. Dedicated Town Watch members volunteer their time to patrol their neighborhood. Town Watch members report suspicious behavior, making their neighborhoods safer in the process. A Townwatch Council meets monthly to help coordinate the activities of the Township’s various active Town Watch groups. For further information, e-mail Townwatch Council President David Rondinelli or call 267-536-1074.
Abington Dog Walk & Watch Program
A crime awareness project sponsored by the Abington Joint Town Watch Council that enlists, educates, and encourages dog walkers throughout Abington Township to assist the Abington Police Department as “extra eyes and ears” in crime prevention.
The program will educate you on how to effectively observe and report criminal activity as you are out and about walking your dog in your neighborhood. As a trained Dog Walk & Watch observer you will become more aware of activity occurring during your walk and be less hesitant to report suspicious activity.
To enroll in the program click here to complete Dog Walk & Watch Program application and return it to the address listed on the application. You will be contacted by the Abington Township Police Department’s Community Policing Division to schedule you for a training class.
Away Home Notification Form
The Away Home Program is designed to provide homeowners a means of having their residence checked periodically by an officer when they are away from home for an extended period of time. To participate in this program, the homeowner can complete our Away Home Notification Form on-line, call or visit the Abington Township Police Department. Homeowners are also encouraged to help protect their home by placing lights on a timer and arranging to have mail picked up. Click here to view and/or submit the form.
Citizens’ Police Academy
To the average citizen, the police profession often seems cloaked in mystery. Public perception can be misguided by the unrealistic exploits seen on TV cop shows or skewed by anti-police sentiments. Here at APD we’ve learned that the best way to help the taxpayers learn the “inside scoop” about law enforcement is by actually bringing them inside the organization for an eight week course in modern policing.
Each year the Abington Police Department offers a Citizens’ Police Academy (CPA). In the program, Township residents meet on a weekly basis with Police Officer instructors for lessons on various aspects of the law enforcement profession. Subjects include criminal and traffic law, the police role in the judicial process, APD equipment, training, resources and limitations of the police department. In return, the instructors often find a newly-developed law enforcement awareness among participants, as well as an increased sensitivity to the challenges of 21st Century policing. The increased citizen-police understanding that results from the close interaction of the CPA environment is an excellent vehicle for building bridges between the police and the community.
Not surprisingly, program alumni often volunteer to assist with future projects for APD and the community. Graduates are also encouraged to participate as block captains leading their neighborhood to crime prevention information, awareness and educational programs. For more information or to register for Citizens’ Police Academy, e-mail Ofc. Roger Gillispie or call 267-536-1077.
Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.)
In an effort to enhance the police-community partnership, the Volunteers in Policing Program (VIP) combines the professionalism and experience of APD personnel with the creativity and enthusiasm of community volunteers.
It’s fair to say that citizen volunteers are one of the Police Department’s most important assets. Many of our programs would not exist without the participation of dedicated volunteers. In 2005, for example, citizens donated 11,382 hours of their time to the Police Department efforts within the Abington community.
APD provides all training and equipment required for its volunteers. Hours are flexible.
- General Clerical Assistance: assists with clerical duties and special projects
- Community Services Unit Volunteer: assists with Neighborhood Watch and Crime Prevention efforts
Interested citizens are encouraged to e-mail Community Service Supervisor David Rondinelli or call 267-536-1074 for an application or information regarding the V.I.P. program.
Victim Services Unit
The Victim Services Unit assists victims immediately after the crime, assuring that the victim is treated with respect and dignity. Victim Service personnel also help crime victims take their first steps toward regaining physical and emotional well-being.
The Victim Services Unit is staffed by Community Service Officers who provide information on Pennsylvania’s Victim Compensation Program and link victims with community resources. For further information e-mail Community Service Officer Jan Harris or call 267-536-1079.
C.A.R.E. (Crimes Against the Retired and Elderly)
The Crimes Against the Retired and Elderly Unit (CARE) program teaches senior citizens how to protect themselves from becoming victims of crime. C.A.R.E. focuses on preventing crimes that often target seniors as victims. For further information, e-mail Community Service Supervisor David Rondinelli or call 267-536-1074.