The Suwanee Police Department strongly embraces the philosophy of community policing – a partnership in which the police and the community share responsibility for identifying, reducing, eliminating and preventing problems that impact community safety and order.
Community policing involves interacting with residents to understand neighborhood concerns, fairly and uniformly dispensing justice, and performing valuable public outreach and education. By working in tandem, the police and citizens build trust and valuable relationships, resulting in reduced fear and incidence of crime, while also improving the quality of life in our community.
Community policing methods serve as the overarching, guiding philosophy that drives the department, and is supported through an array of programs designed to provide assistance for infants through senior citizens:
- Out of Town House Checks
Leave town with peace of mind. Alert your City of Suwanee Police about your departure and return plans and help us keep an eye on things while you're gone. House checks are provided as a courtesy and is not designed as nor intended to be used as a long-term security service. Click here to schedule your house check.
- Car Seat Safety Inspections
Many Suwanee officers have been certified in the proper installation and use of child car seats. Suwanee residents can make an appointment to have an officer inspect their car seat installation at their convenience. Inspections are thorough and take about 30-45 minutes.
- Caring Officers Providing Support (COPS)
Created by a Suwanee patrol officer and an elementary school counselor in 2002, this unique program matches officers one-on-one with elementary school children who need extra attention for a variety of reasons. The officers meet with their students once a week at school to talk about school, family, personal responsibility, and other life topics.
Youth ages 14-20 can explore a career in law enforcement while also assisting our community through the Explorers program. Explorers meet twice monthly and offer the Suwanee police a helping hand at various city events, from helping direct traffic to assisting children in finding their “lost” parents.
- Citizens Police Academy
Offered twice annually, this popular, hands-on program offers participants a better understanding of the day-to-day operations of the Suwanee Police Department and the risks and experiences of being a police officer, such as crime scene processing, traffic stops, building searches, credit card fraud prevention, and narcotics identification. Click here to download an application.
- Police and Citizens Together (PACT)
Allowing Suwanee officers to build relationships with neighborhood residents, PACT is one of the department’s most effective programs. Through PACT, citizens have access to an officer specifically assigned to their neighborhood with whom they can address quality-of-life issues, often resolving problems before they become criminal issues or injuries are incurred. The PACT officer liaison holds three meetings annually with community members, and is available via phone and email to neighborhood residents.
A program of the AARP and AAA, CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles "fit" them, as well as information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers and increase their mobility.