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Community Emergency Response Team    Citizens’ Police, Fire and Courts Academy    Neighborhood Watch

There are many ways to learn more about and get involved with Ann Arbor safety services.

Community Emergency Response Team

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program (PDF)  educates the team members about disaster preparedness and what kind of hazards may impact our community. The CERT course trains citizens in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

CERT members are also used to support local emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

To become a CERT member you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.
  • Complete all the requirements for the training courses.
  • Attend all classes - it is required for certificate completion.
  • Pass an oral interview.

If you are interested in learning more about CERT, please contact: PSS Susan Casey, CERT program coordinator, Ann Arbor Police Department, 301 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104, 734.794.6900, extension 49526, scasey@a2gov.org.

CERT Basic Training Classes are January 28, 2017, February 4 & 11, 2017   (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). To apply, complete and submit the CERT Basic Training Application Form.

Citizens’ Police, Fire and Courts Academy

2017 Program: March 7th-May 9th, 2017 - Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 PM

Citizens often wish they knew more about the public safety system. In turn, Ann Arbor Police Department, Ann Arbor Fire Department, and 15th District Court members wish the public had a better understanding of the challenges facing police officers, firefighters, attorneys and judges.

To bridge the gap, the Ann Arbor Police Department, Ann Arbor Fire Department and the 15th District Court have joined together to create The Ann Arbor Citizens’ Police, Fire and Courts Academy, which is the first program of its kind in Michigan.  

This is a 10-week program that is held at the Ann Arbor Police and Fire departments, Washtenaw Community College and the 15th District Court. Classes are held once a week, and the program includes:

Police

  • K-9 Unit.
  • Detective Investigation.
  • LAWNET.
  • Firearms (F.A.T.S.).
  • Traffic Stop Tactics and Scenarios.
  • Emergency Management.

15th District Court

  • Organizational Structure.
  • Criminal Justice System.
  • Court Processes.
  • Court Programs.

Fire Department

  • National Incident Management Systems.
  • First Aid/CPR/AED.
  • Fire Behavior.
  • Personal Protection Equipment.
  • Fire Safety and Prevention.
  • Hazardous Material.
  • Technical Rescue.

If interested in participating, complete and submit the Citizens' Police, Fire and Courts Academy Application​ (PDF). For more information, contact: PSS Jamie Giordano, Ann Arbor Police Department, Ann Arbor Justice Center, PO Box 8647, Ann Arbor, MI 48107, 734.794.6900, ext. 49528​, or jgiordano@a2gov.org.

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch Newsletter (PDF)

The Neighborhood Watch program is a partnership between local law enforcement and the Ann Arbor community with the goal of reducing crime and illegal activities that occur in neighborhoods. This program works by bringing neighborhood residents together for the purpose of reporting suspicious activity, informing each other about crimes that occur in the neighborhood and employing crime-prevention techniques. Each neighborhood has a volunteer block captain, whose role is to gather information and to disseminate important crime prevention information to residents. The police department's role is to respond to calls for service, provide resources and information to the block captain and to notify the block captain if there are crime patterns or trends identified within his or her neighborhood.

Upcoming Neighborhood Watch Meetings

Westside Area MeetingForsythe Middle School Media Center, Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.

Northeast Area Meeting Clague Middle School Media Center, Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.

Benefits of the Neighborhood Watch program

  • We reduce our risk of becoming victims of crime.
  • We become better at responding to suspicious activity.
  • We gain access to information about crimes in our area.
  • A Neighborhood Watch sign shows that our neighborhood is not an easy target.
  • We get to know our neighbors better for mutual protection.
  • We feel safer, less fearful of crime.
  • We can address other issues of concern to our neighborhood.

Beginning a Neighborhood Watch program is simple. First, check with your neighbors to determine if residents are interested in participating and establish a contact list of participants with phone or email addresses. Contact Jamie Giordano, Ann Arbor Police Department Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, at 734.794.6900 ext. 49528, for more program details. Finally, the block captain(s) will conduct an initial meeting to include: neighbor introductions, program overview, and identify goals and expectations. The block captain(s) should also visit neighbors who were unable to attend the meeting.

To answer the call to double the amount of neighborhood watches throughout the United States, please sign up with the National Neighborhood Watch Database, sponsored and maintained by the National Association of Sheriffs. All information is kept confidential.

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In emergency situations, call 9-1-1

Nonemergency line
734.994.2911

General information
734.794.6920

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Ann Arbor Justice Center
301 E Huron St, 2nd floor
Ann Arbor, MI 48104