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Crime Prevention

It is the responsibility of the Crime Prevention Unit to form and maintain partnerships between the department and the community, promote communication between the community and the department by holding meetings with members of the community.

The Crime Prevention Unit ensures that the needs of the community are met by launching projects such as robbery prevention programs that ensure citizens that if they become a victim of a crime, they are aware of information that will be needed to assist in the reporting and ultimately the apprehension of perpetrators of those crimes.  We work closely with the community to ensure problems are solved jointly by preventing crime by means of a pro-active approach.  Officers work in partnership with the local community to deal with crime issues in the community.  We achieve the goals of the Crime Prevention Unit and police department and are responsible for compiling and maintaining a profile of a region or area of patrol; identifying the causes of crime in the department’s jurisdiction; identifying the need for crime prevention operations/projects; developing and coordinating those projects; and attending community meetings.

Listed below are programs that the Crime Prevention Unit offers to the citizens of Columbia free of charge:

Burglary Assessment

Commercial Armed Robbery Assessment

Fraud Awareness

Personal Safety

Officer Friendly

McGruff the Crime Dog Program

Fan The Heat

National Night Out Kick Off


In addition to these crime prevention services, citizens are encouraged to contact Midlands Crimestoppers. Their programs include an anonymous tipster hotline, a “Most Wanted” program in finding fugitive felons, promoting Student Crimestoppers programs in area high schools and college campuses, and the creation of other programs to help local law enforcement.

How to contact Crimestoppers:

  • CALL toll-free, 1-888-CRIME-SC
  • TEXT to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC,” followed by the tip information
  • LOG onto, and click the red “Submit a tip” tab
  • MOBILE – P3 App

The P3 App enables the public to share information anonymously with Crimestoppers programs, Law Enforcement entities and more. If you have crime or safety related information that may be deemed useful in your community, download the P3 App. Your anonymity is protected at all times.

How to to use the P3 App



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