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

Ready Ann Arbor Program


The Ann Arbor Police and Fire departments are launching a new community preparedness program for residents. Modeled after the Department of Homeland Security's Ready campaign, Ready Ann Arbor will aim to educate and empower the public to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and manmade disasters, while promoting preparedness through public involvement.

The two-day training takes place over two Saturdays. The topics covered during this initial training include crime prevention, hands only CPR, personal safety, stop the bleed, active shooter training, home fire safety, covering resources in community, and fire extinguishers training. 

Ready Ann Arbor participants must:

  • Be an Ann Arbor resident
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Complete & submit the Ready Ann Arbor Application 
  • Attend all classes to receive completion certificate

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

Upcoming Ready Ann Arbor Training

The two-day program will take place Saturdays, May 11 and 18, 2019, from 8:00 am  to 3:00 pm.  The class is limited to 25 people. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

To apply, complete and submit the Ready Ann Arbor training application 2019 (PDF).

Citizens’ Police, Fire and Courts Academy

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2019 Jack Dentler Ann Arbor Citizens' Police, Fire and Court Academy Program:

  • February 12th-April 9th, 2019 (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 8 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:


  • Patrol Division - Traffic Stop Tactics and Scenarios
  • Investigative Division -Detective Investigation
  • Use of Force/Weapon Platforms
  • K-9 Unit

15th District Court

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

Fire Department

  • Fire Responder's Role
  • Pre-hospital Care
  • Fire Response and Behavior
  • Hazardous Material
  • Technical Rescue
  • Emergency Management

If interested in participating, complete and submit the Jack Dentler Ann Arbor Citizens Police-Fire-Courts Academy Application (pdf).

For more information, contact: PSS Susan Casey, Ann Arbor Police Department, 301 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104, 734.794.6900, extension 49526, scasey@a2gov.org.

Neighborhood Watch

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

No meetings are scheduled at this time.

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 PSS Susan Casey, Ann Arbor Police Department Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, at 734.794.6900 ext. 49526 or scasey@a2gov.org 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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