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    Crime Prevention

    The Crime Prevention Unit is responsible for establishing and maintaining programs related to preventing crime, Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, School Resource Officers, and Community Policing are just a few examples of programs that fall under the Crime Prevention umbrella.

    Personnel of the Crime Prevention Unit provide presentations to the community related to reducing crime and making your area a safer place in which to live, as well as conducting security assessments for homes and businesses.

    The unit conducts the annual Citizen’s Police Academy, which provides residents an opportunity to learn more about the operation of the Lynchburg Police Department. The unit also offers a Citizen's Police Academy which is for school faculty and personnel only.

    The unit partners with Lynchburg's ABC affiliate ABC 13 WSET to provide public safety and crime prevention information in monthly "Safety Zone" segments during their mid-day broadcast.

    In addition, the Crime Prevention Unit accepts and schedules applicants for the Ride-Along program, which allows citizens to accompany an officer on his/her patrol to gain a better understanding of daily police work.

    Neighborhood Watch Program

    In an effort to reduce the recent increase in larcenies from vehicles, the LPD suggests you help prevent this crime by taking the following steps:

    • Never leave valuables or packages visible in your vehicle. Place them in your trunk, or take them home. Even putting them under the front seat is not a safe means of storing them.
    • Keep your vehicle locked at all times, even when parked in your own driveway!
    • Remember, larceny is a crime of opportunity! If you leave your vehicle unlocked, or keep items of value in your car, you increase your risk of becoming a victim of theft. So please lock your vehicles and do not leave items visible inside your vehicle.

     Anyone witnessing suspicious activity of this nature should contact their local law enforcement agency immediately by dialing 911 and for non-emergencies (434) 847-1602.

    Ride Along Requests

    Citizens have the opportunity to ride along with an LPD officer! To participate in the program please fill out a ride along application. The completed form was be returned to the Crime Prevention Unit at least 5 days prior to your requested participation. Please read the application carefully and answer all questions. The risk agreement must be signed and witnessed by LPD personnel. Any False information or omissions on this application may result in disqualification for ride-along privileges. The Lynchburg Police Department reserves the right to deny ride-along privileges for any reason, without prior notice. You may only request a ride along once every 6 months. Return your application to the Crime Prevention Unit (805 Court Street) in person. The back portion of the application must be witnessed by an LPD employee.

    Ride Along Application


    Contact Information

    (434) 455-6070
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    Lt. C. D. Ragland:

    Community Resource Officer

    Officer P. A. Doss:

    School Resource Officers

    Officer L.O. Brooks (E.C. Glass High School):

    Officer R. Gonzalez (Heritage High School):

    Crime Prevention Specialist

    Cindy Kozerow:

    Community Services Coordinator

    Steven Wood:


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