The Crime Prevention Unit provides information for and about the Amarillo Police Department to the news media and the general public.
Public education concerning crime issues is an important part of the police department’s overall response to crime in the community. A properly informed citizen will find it much easier to reduce his or her risk of becoming a victim of crime.
Public safety presentations cover a wide variety of topics and can be tailored to the needs of your group. The following is a partial list of safety and crime related presentations available: Women’s Personal Safety/Sexual Assault Awareness, Scam and Fraud Prevention, Workplace Violence Prevention, and Crime Prevention for the Home. We urge anyone to call with presentation needs that are not included in this list.
Another service offered by the Crime Prevention Unit is the Home Security Survey. An officer will inspect a citizen’s home and determine if it meets the requirements set out by the Texas Department of Insurance to receive a certificate that may entitle the homeowner to a reduction in their homeowner’s insurance. The owner should contact their insurance agent to find out if their policy will allow them to qualify for what could be a 5% to 20% reduction. Regardless of the insurance reduction, the increased security will reduce the homeowner’s risk of becoming a victim of crime. Many homes qualify “as is”. Many others need only minor additions in order to qualify. We urge you to see our list of qualifications in the forms file or call our office for more information. This inspection is fast and free of charge.
The Amarillo Police Department Crime Prevention Unit is in charge of handling the department’s social media sites. We can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor, and Nixle. We use Facebook and Twitter to provide news releases to the public. We also use these to share photographs of positive interactions between our officers and the community and crime prevention tips. We can be found on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/AmarilloPolice/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel. You can follow us on Twitter at @AmarilloPD.
Next.door.com is a private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It makes it easy to communicate with your neighbors about things going on in your neighborhood. We often publish news releases and crime prevention information in the Crime and Safety category of Nextdoor.
Nixle is a community information service provider built exclusively to provide secure, trustworthy, and reliable communications. Its authenticated service connects the Amarillo Police Department, as well as many police agencies, with the community they serve in real-time. Nixle’s system allows us to communicate with all subscribers at once or just to residents of geographically targeted areas or neighborhoods. Subscribers to this service will have information available in three forms of message: Through cell phones by text message, by email, and over the Web. Nixle is easy to use and subscribers can decide what levels of information they want to receive. Nixle defines those levels as follows: Alert (urgent, time sensitive messages), Advisory (important, time sensitive, or need-to-know messages), and Community (media and public information or crime prevention information, not urgent). Nixle will be used to deliver trustworthy and important neighborhood-level public safety and community event notification. Many Nixle messages will also be sent out over Twitter and Facebook.
DataDots are most widely used to protect motor vehicles, motor cycles, trailers, marine craft, business and personal assets.
The Crime Prevention Unit can be reached by calling:
Sergeant Brent Barbee………(806) 378-6147
Ofc. Jeb Hilton………(806) 378-6148
Corporal Sean Slover………(806) 378-6100
Unit Clerk Ashley Hicks………(806) 378-4257
FORMS/FILES: (Applications, Forms, Documents for public use)