We need your help working to keep our neighborhood safe. The Miller Park Minne Lusa Neighborhood Association has organized an all-volunteer Citizen Patrol which serves as a mobile neighborhood watch. Our Citizen Patrol is one of about 35 in the Omaha Coalition of Citizen Patrols (OCCP), supported and endorsed by the Omaha Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Our partnership with local law enforcement has made a positive impact by reducing crime in our neighborhood, and we plan to continue that work.
One concern we often hear is about patroller safety. Patrollers do not confront or engage with criminals or suspicious persons. Volunteers receive specialized training from OCCP trainers and the Omaha Police Department. Patrols are always able to reach law enforcement and are often operating while police are also patrolling in the immediate area. We never patrol alone.
Our trained volunteers are currently averaging two patrols per month, two hours per patrol. Volunteers must be at least 19 years old and are required to pass a background check. After passing the background check, they attend a 3-hour police department-sponsored class. After the class, volunteers must complete three training rides with experienced patrollers before being assigned to a team.
The OCCP Rapid Response Team is called in when law enforcement needs urgent help from the community to search for a missing child or vulnerable adult. The possibility of helping to save a person in danger could be one of the most rewarding experiences of Citizen Patrol membership.