Public Safety Programs

The following is a list of Crime Prevention programs that can provide citizens with the tools, in the form of knowledge, needed to help prevent crime. Please review programs that may apply to you and, if you should have any questions, do not hesitate to call the Public Safety office at 253.798.3141.
Citizen Radar Program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"Crime Data"

Citizen Radar Program

Have a speeding problem in your neighborhood? The University Place Police have established a Citizen Radar Program in partnership with the citizens of University Place to help "keep the speed" in our city.

Participants must reside in University Place and have a valid Washington State Driver's License (indicating University Place address) to participate.

Applicants will not be accepted if they have any felony conviction, any obstructing conviction, a D.U.I. within the last two years, or any assault conviction (subject to Department discretion).

Citizens participate in an hour-long training course conducted by a University Place Police Officer. During this training, participants learn how to operate police radar equipment. After citizens have completed this course, they are invited to check out radar equipment and monitor speeds in University Place by recording speeds and corresponding license plate numbers. A warning letter is generated from the University Place Police to the registered owner of each speeding vehicle.

This program works! It is an effective way to create an awareness on your street. If you are interested in participating please call Jennifer Hales, Public Safety Manager, at 253.798.3141.

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Crime-Free Multi-Housing

The University Place Crime-Free Multi-Housing Program is a three-part program designed to help residents, owners, and the managers of rental property keep drugs and other illegal activity off of their property.

This program is honest and direct. It is solution-oriented. It is designed to be easy yet very effective in reducing the incidences of crime in rental property.

Phase One involves a sixteen-hour training seminar presented by the University Place Police and the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Phase Two will certify that the rental property has met the security requirements for resident safety. Phase Three is a resident crime prevention meeting for certification. After certification, management will be given the use of a sign for display on the property and granted use of the program logo in all advertisements.

University Place Crime-Free Multi-Housing Certified Properties:

Abbey Lane 1918 70th Avenue West 253.565.2552
Allegra Terrace 3215 Bridgeport Way West 253.564.2379
Alpine Vista 2422 70th Avenue West 253.564.3196
Castellan West 2625 Cascade Pl W 253.565.0280
Harbor Club 7518 48th St Ct W 253.565.8809
Hidden Hills 3313 72nd Avenue Court West 253.565.2556
Hidden Vale 5726 59th Court West 253.473.7188
Narrows Ridge 2326 70th Avenue West 253.565.0273
Park Place 6100 Lakewood Dr W 253.475.4722
Ridgedale 2210 70th Avenue West 253.565.0851
University Commons 7602 46th St W 253.565.9540
University Crossings 4510 76th Ave W 253.564.9668
University Glen 3504 72nd Avenue West 253.564.2319
University Terrace 2635 Cascade Place West 253.381.6453
Valley View 5406 57th Street Court West 253.472.5552

If you are interested in participating in the program or if you have questions about the program please call Jennifer Hales, Public Safety Manager, at 253.798.3141 to sign up.

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Community Academy
Come and learn all about your University Place Police! The Community Academy is a 10-week educational course designed to enhance the Police-Citizen partnership.

You'll have an opportunity to tour the jail and the 911 call center and much more. Don't miss this event!

You may send an application online; print an application off of the pierce county website www.piercesheriff.org or you may stop by the University Place Police Station and pick up an application. Applicants are chosen on a first come first serve basis, and class size is limited, so please apply soon.

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National Night Out
On the first Tuesday in August, neighborhoods throughout University Place are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the "Annual National Night Out" (NNO) crime- and drug-prevention event. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and cosponsored locally by University Place Police. Over 31 million people are expected to participate in "America's Night Out Against Crime."

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

From 7 to 10 p.m., residents in neighborhoods throughout University Place and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors, police, fire and City officials. Register your neighborhood today by calling the University Place Police Crime Prevention Division at 253.798.3141. University Place Police and Fire Departments will be visiting all University Place communities who register. Don't wait another minute, start planning today!

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Block Watch in University Place
The University Place Police Department is dedicated to safety and crime prevention. Creating a safe community and preventing crime is a shared responsibility for the citizens of University Place and your University Place Police team. Defining those responsibilities is taking a huge step forward in making University Place a much safer place to live.

How can the Citizens of University Place play a bigger role in crime prevention? By being proactive and getting to know their neighbors, citizens catapult ahead in crime prevention. A high level of communication between neighbors builds relationships and creates a heightened awareness of suspicious activity. Also, taking initiative in your own home to safeguard against burglary thwarts efforts of would be criminals. Listed below is a short checklist of ways to ensure more security in and around your home.

• Locking pins in windows
• Installing a home alarm system
• Cutting back shrubs, reducing hiding spots around your home
• Adding more lighting to the outside of your home
• Having a house sitter when vacationing
• Doors and windows closed and locked when not in the home
• Installing a solid core front/side door with heavy duty dead bolt
• Buying a family dog (most criminals are deterred by dogs)
• Keeping valuables in a safety deposit box at the bank
• Parking your vehicle in the garage

Crime prevention is a collective effort of every citizen in University Place and the University Place Police Department. University Place will be an even safer place to live with the hard work from its citizens to help safeguard their homes and neighborhoods.

Interested in developing a Block Watch neighborhood? Call the Public Safety office at 253.798.3141. We’ll set up a meeting in your neighborhood where we can visit with neighbors about crime, prevention and how we can work together to achieve neighborhood safety!

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