The Department is committed to developing and maintaining good working relationships and rapport with the entire community and its representatives. The COPS Unit is tasked with establishing close ties with all segments of the community and responding to the community's needs as appropriate through development and implementation of programs that establish a partnership between the community and the department. The Duluth Police Department is committed to making the City of Duluth and the general community a better and safer place for its citizens and those individuals who commute through, conduct business in or carry out personal interests within the City. The Department is also committed to the overall reduction in crime through proactive crime prevention programs. Crime prevention programs developed and provided through the COPS program address Departmental goals and community needs. COPS will assist in the creation and establishment of community watches, neighborhood watches; and business and professional support groups in all areas interested in crime prevention. Once such groups are established, the COPS Unit maintains a close working relationship and liaison with the group leaders and members for the purpose of creating and establishing crime prevention programs and activities. COPS coordinates and shares information with other departmental units (Uniform and CID) to help reduce crime in the city and provide for a safer community. Crime prevention programs and activities are prioritized based on need as established from gathering pertinent crime data.
The C.O.P.S. Unit offers the following educational programs and services to our community:
A.D.V.A.N.C.E. (Avoiding Drugs, Violence and Negative Choices Early)- This is a seven-session program designed to give 5th grade students in Gwinnett County the skills and knowledge to deal with pressures they may face as they transition into the middle school environment. Topics like peer-pressure, stress, violence, gangs and drugs are covered during each of the 45-minute sessions taught by a Duluth Police Officer. The program also provides mentoring tot he students by local law enforcement officers. At the end of these sessions, a graduation is held for the students who have successfully completed this program. Currently, Duluth's A.D.V.A.N.C.E. program is only offered to 5th grade students at Chattahoochee Elementary School.
B.A.D.G.E. (Bullying, Alcohol, Drugs and Gang Education)- This program is taught by a Duluth Police Officer to 5th graders in the Duluth Community. Topics relevant to students about to make the transition into middle school are discussed. Officers educate students about bullying, underage drinking, being offered drugs and being asked to join gangs.
C.O.P.S. Neighborhoods- This program is similar to the Neighborhood Watch Program. A C.O.P.S. Officer is assigned to a neighborhood as a liaison to assist the residents with keeping their community safe. The officer attends homeowner's association meetings and other gatherings to discuss varying topics of interest to the residents.
TEEN COURT- This program was developed to help educate the young drivers in Georgia about speeding, drinking and driving, seatbelt usage, aggressive driving, and other violations frequently committed by teens. Both parents and young drivers attend a mock court presentation so that they can see what exactly can happen when a teen driver gets pulled over, or is arrested. This program is a joint effort between the C.O.P.S. Unit and Duluth Municipal Court.
Youth Police Academy- The Duluth Police Department would like to provide the young citizens of Duluth an opportunity to explore the law enforcement profession first hand. The Youth Police Academy (YPA) will be an educational program for youths from age 13 – 17. This program will provide career orientation experiences and leadership opportunities. The primary goal of the YPA is to foster an understanding of law enforcement. Another goal is to engage the young citizens of Duluth and challenge them to become responsible citizens of their community.
For more information on any of the C.O.P.S. programs listed, please contact Sgt. Steve Daniels, email@example.com, or call 770-476-4151.