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People caring about each other is one of the distinguishing characteristics of Highland Park. The small size that our Town occupies, 2.2 square miles, with a population of about 8,850, uniquely positions our citizens to take full advantage of what promises to be a highly effective neighborhood Crime Watch Program. Why is this so?

Effective Crime Watch Program
Although these programs exist in many communities throughout the United States, those that achieve exemplary status, creating a community policing environment, do so by harnessing the collective energy of its citizens and law enforcement officers. Together, these combined forces are more powerful by making them more proactive within the community to address matters of concern, as well as improving the relationship between the residents and the law enforcement officers.

Community Policing

Taking community policing to the next level is an important goal to Highland Park's Director of Public Safety, Rick Pyle. “A key aspect of our ability to keep the public safe is the participation of the public itself. We engage our citizens in making a safer community. Our officers and employees are encouraged to interact with citizens and share crime prevention and safety information on a proactive basis. We recognize the value of community involvement in preventing crime and accidents to make Highland Park a better place to live and work,” says Chief Pyle.

Community Interest
According to Chief Pyle, "In the discussions I have had with residents of our community about their interest in getting involved in a neighborhood Crime Watch Program, I have been pleasantly surprised by the level of enthusiasm shown. Guaranteed success will require individuals, such as yourself, demonstrating a desire to become proactive by volunteering to serve our community."

Safe Neighborhoods
Through your participation in this Crime Watch Program, our Department of Public Safety officers can be more proactive within the community to address matters of concern, and together we can keep our neighborhoods safe. Please volunteer today!

G. Andrews “Andy” Smith, Citizen Chairman  

Crime Alerts
Do you want to know about crime in your community? Register today on the Highland Park Crime Watch website and receive instant crime alerts. You can also get helpful crime prevention tips to keep you safe.

Helpful Information

For more information or comments regarding the Highland Park Crime Watch Program contact the department liaison, Lt. Lance Koppa, at 214-559-9487, or the Highland Park Crime Watch communications volunteer.