Monday, March 26, 2012

Mount Rainier Police Receive Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) Training

The Mount Rainier Police Department is one of many law enforcement agencies to participate in intense three day training sponsored by the National Crime Prevention Council for Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, better known as CPTED.

CPTED, a concept which started over twenty years ago, is a vastly growing practice through the United States and in some cases, the world. Crime Prevention through Environmental Design is based on a premise that “The proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear of crime and incidents of crime, and to an improvement in the quality of life”. CPTED strategies are ideal for law enforcement officers, city planners, architects, security consultants, educators and anyone involved in designing neighborhoods, schools, down town districts, commercial and industrial building, or revitalization efforts. CPTED is an effective way of fighting crime and promoting a better way of life for all involved. The goal is to promote and influence positive human behavior. CPTED is firmly based on four principals: Natural Access Control, Natural Surveillance, Territoriality, and Maintenance.

During the three day course hosted by CPTED Senior Instructor Chuck Sczuroski of the National Crime Prevention Council and Bill Welsh of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP), PFC Tuk Carpenter of the Mount Rainier Police Department learned how to implement the CPTED principals into his regular routines as a law enforcement officer. During his training, he completed and passed two in-depth projects which included; applying all the principals into a practical format and then giving a classroom presentation to his peers. PFC Carpenter, who was one of 14 students including two Bladensburg police officers, learned how to give an in depth security and safety survey on properties to include residential, commercial, education and parking garages.

During the Train-the-Trainer course, the PFC Carpenter learned about human behavior and CPTED; barriers – real vs symbolic to include fencing, landscaping, and interior walls; the importance of lighting for safety; planning and zoning; city ordinances and CPTED; report writing; neighborhood reviews; and traffic calming.

The Mount Rainier Police Department is happy to announce that PFC Carpenter is now CPTED certified through the National Crime Prevention Council and is available to your home or business and complete an in-depth security and safety survey at your convenience. Learn more about CPTED and how it can positively affect our community!

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