Riverside Police Department - Outreach Programs

Riverside Junior Police Academy

The Riverside Police Department’s Junior Police Academy (JPA) is a summer outreach program designed provide primarily middle and high school-aged students with an introduction to Law Enforcement. 
JPA is designed to build partnerships with students by motivating them to be responsible, involved citizens. Society, generally speaking, may not understand the role of police officers and view them in the role of “enforcer”JPA 1 thus developing their perceptions of them from what they see on television and social media.  JPA students participate in hands-on activities ranging from computerized interactive scenarios, car stops, accident investigation, crime scene investigation, and physical training. The program always focuses on team building, diverse law enforcement skills, encouraging healthy lifestyles through fitness and discipline, while building new friendships in a fun and fast paced environment.  

2018 Jr Academy (78)JPA will take the mystery out of law enforcement and provide a comfortable setting for which officers and students can interact in an environment free of enforcement. The program provides an opportunity for officers and students to view each other as people, rather than as adversaries. While students who attend JPA may not want wish to become police officers in the future, the program instills confidence, understanding, and a sense of achievement that will benefit them for years to come.

For more information about the Junior Police Academy, please contact Officer Matthew Westrich at 816-372-9151 or e-mail mwestrich@riversidemo.gov

Protect Yourself with Knowledge!A Safe Haven for Newborns

You have a safe choice.  Instead of abandoning or putting your baby in danger, hand your baby to someone at a Safe Haven.  In Missouri, a person stating they are a parent may leave their baby in the hands of staff at a police station, fire station, ambulance station or hospital.  The Riverside Police Department, 2990 NW Vivion Road, is a Safe Haven for Newborns.  For more information on the program, dial 2-1-1 or 1-866-320-5764.

Crime Free in RiversideThe Crime Free Program is a state-of-the-art crime prevention program designed to reduce crime, drugs and gangs. This program was successfully developed at the Mesa Arizona Police Department in 1992. The International Crime Free Multi-Housing Program has spread to nearly 2,000 cities in 48 states, and 5 Canadian Provinces, England, Nigeria, and Puerto Rico, to name a few.
Keep Illegal Activity Off Your Property
Crime Free Lifestyles
  • Crime Prevention Education for Homeowners
  • Crime Free Lifestyle Program Benefits
  • Excellent way to educate homeowners
  • Awareness of crime trends
  • Crime reductions
  • Safer neighborhood
  • Every resident can achieve certification
Crime Free Multi-HousingThe program consists of three phases that must be completed under the supervision of the local police department. Property managers can become individually certified after completing training in each phase and the property becomes certified upon successful completion of all three phases.

The anticipated benefits are reduced police calls for service, a more stable resident base, and reduced exposure to civil liability.
Crime Free BusinessCrime Free Business is designed to reduce crime in and around retail and service businesses and provide a safe work environment for employees, customers and employers.

Crime Free Business give retail and service establishments proven strategies to reduce the likelihood of being robbed and becoming a victim of other crimes.

What the the benefits of being certified as a Crime Free Business?

  • Improved safety and security to business owners and managers, employees and customers
  • Increased customer volume - participation in the program is good for business!
  • Program specifically tailored to the security and safety needs of your business

For more information on any of the above listed programs contact any of the above listed coordinators at crimefreeunit@riversidemo.com.            
100_0703CRIME FREE CERTIFIED PROPERTIES IN RIVERSIDEGreystone and Mound City Apartments: First properties in Riverside to achieve certification. Certified since 2009.