Community Policing Programs
Community Policing is a philosophy of policing intended to reduce
crime and the fear of crime. It improves the quality of life by encouraging a
partnership between the police and the citizens of a community to develop a
cohesive effort to solve problems creatively. Community policing strives to
involve citizens for their input, information and assistance, leading to greater
understanding and cooperation.
The Webster Police Department has embraced the
concept of Community Policing and we are proud of the many diverse and
successful programs that have grown and expanded throughout Webster.
Among our Community Policing Programs are our
Hoops for Hope summer basketball program. This program runs on Thursday,
Friday, and Saturday evenings from 11P.M. to 1A.M through the summer months. The
main concept of the program is to break down barriers that exist between youth
and the police. It is an opportunity for all involved parties to interact and
bond. The program provides teenagers with a safe
environment in which to hang out and play basketball together and with police
officers. The program is held at the AJ Sitkowski school gymnasium at no cost to
Each summer, the department also holds a
Junior Police Academy. The program was developed and instructed by Webster
Police Officers. Teenagers, interested in law enforcement, can take part in the
program. The week long academy provides the youths with an inside look at law
enforcement on a local level. Complete with courses on law, patrol procedures,
drill and ceremony as well as physical fitness, the program has been a huge
success. The youths are also provided the opportunity to participate in the
police ride-along program.
Additionally, each of the past three summers,
the Webster Police Department has coordinated trips for Webster youths to attend
Worcester Tornadoes or Pawtucket Red Sox games, again at no cost to the youths.
Two additional programs have been held periodically in the
past. Club Web, dances held for teenagers at the AJ Sitkowski school
gymnasium, complete with a disc jockey, popcorn, pizza and soda, was quite
successful as it entertained teenagers fourteen years of age and older, again at
no cost to the teens. Movie Night under the direction of Dan Marcoux from
The Party Planner brought many resident out to the town hall where movies were
shown on the Town Common.
Each year, the Webster Police Department also sponsors and
helps to coordinate the National Night Out program and Winter
Wonderland, both held at Memorial Beach. An annual Toys for Tots
Christmas toy drive is also coordinated by the Department.
All of these programs are held and funded at no cost to the
Town of Webster. Programs are funded by three sources: community policing
grants, fundraising events such as "Big Time Wrestling" held at the Webster Town
Hall, and most importantly by the generous donations made by the businesses and
residents of the Town of Webster.
Hoops for Hope
Junior Police Academy
National Night Out