The Crime Prevention Unit provides information for and about the Amarillo Police Department to the news media and to the public.
Public education about crime is an important part of the police department’s overall response to crime in the community. A properly informed citizen will find it much easier to reduce their risk of becoming a victim of crime.
The APD CPU provides, at no cost, public safety presentations that cover a wide variety of topics. Presentations can be tailored to the needs of any neighborhood, professional, social, or civic group. Call 378-4257 to speak to a CPU officer to arrange a crime prevention presentation for your group.
Here's a partial list of safety and crime related presentations available: Children's online safety, Officer Friendly, Neighborhood Watch, Women’s Personal Safety/Sexual Assault Awareness, Scam and Fraud Prevention, Workplace Violence Prevention & Response, Current and Local Crime Trends, and Crime Prevention for the Home. We urge anyone to call with presentation needs that are not included in this list.
In addition to crime prevention education, a CPU officer will be glad to visit your home or business to provide helpful information to make your location safer and more secure. CPU officers provide information based on experience investigating crime and formal training in crime prevention techniques.
The Amarillo Police Department Crime Prevention Unit helps the Department stay in contact with the citizens of Amarillo through the APD's social media. Follow the APD on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Nextdoor, and Nixle.
We use Facebook and Twitter to provide information to the public. We also use these to share photographs of positive interactions between our officers and the community, activity of public interest involving the Department or officers, both old and new photographs related to the City and the Department, and crime prevention tips. Here's the APD Facebook page. The Training and Personnel Division also maintains a Facebook page specifically for recruiting efforts and information that can be found at the Amarillo Police Department Recruiting's Facebook page .
You can follow us on Twitter at @AmarilloPD.
To see video content the APD posts, go to our YouTube channel.
Nextdoor.com is a private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It makes it easy to communicate with your neighbors about information of interest specific to your neighborhood. We often publish news releases and crime prevention information in the Crime and Safety category of Nextdoor, so be certain to set up your account to receive Crime and Safety messages if you choose to become a member. Go to www.nextdoor.com for more information.
Nixle is a community information service provider built exclusively to provide secure, trustworthy, and reliable communications. Its authenticated service connects the Amarillo Police Department, as well as many police agencies, with the community they serve-in real time. There is no cost to subscribers and there is no advertising sent to subscribers. messaging.
The Nixle system allows the Department to communicate with all subscribers at once or with only residents of geographically targeted area or neighborhood. Nixle messages are sent directly from Crime Prevention Unit PIOs with direct access to on-scene officers or supervisors to allow accuracy of information coupled with speed of delivery.
Subscribers have information available in three forms of message: text message, email, and Web posting. Nixle is easy to use and subscribers can decide what levels of information they want to receive. The APD and Nixle define those levels as follows: Alert (urgent, time sensitive messages such as a major crime or event affecting safety of members of the community), Advisory (important, time sensitive, or need-to-know messages like major accidents that affect traffic flow), and Community (media and public information such as routine releases about crime, crime prevention information or related information, not considered urgent). Nixle will be used to deliver trustworthy and important neighborhood-level public safety and community event notification. Many Nixle messages will also be published through Twitter and Facebook. Join over 14,000 area residents who stay informed by subscribing at www.nixle.com
The Crime Prevention Unit can be reached by calling:
- Sergeant Carla Burr: (806) 378-6147
- Corporal Jeb Hilton: (806) 378-6148
- Corporal Scott Welling: (806) 378-6100
- Administrative Assistant Ashley Hicks: (806) 378-4257