Education Programs & Community Resources
The Simpsonville Police Department values the citizens, their safety and well being. In doing so, the police department offers a variety of programs geared to educate individual citizens, businesses and organizations in safety and other topics. Below are programs that are offered by the police department that can provide the training and education you desire.
Active Shooter and Intruder Response Training
This free training is available to any interested organization. The two hour course covers steps to take when confronted with an active shooter or intruder in the workplace, school, church, etc. Participants learn the history behind active shooter situations, how to react, and how to survive. This training was originally developed for private schools and day care facilities, but has been successfully taught to churches and other workplace environments. The course is beneficial to any and all organizations who are interested.
The course is approved and accredited through the Department of Social Services and counts for two hours of continuing education for organizations requiring DSS credit hours.
Alive at 25
Alive at 25 is a survival course developed by the National Safety Council. It is designed to prevent the #1 killer of teens, automobile crashes. SC Alive at 25 is taught by off-duty Deputy Sheriffs, Municipal Police Officers and SC Highway Patrol Officers. The course is delivered in one 4.5 hour program which focuses on the behaviors, decision-making and risks facing young drivers every time they get behind the wheel.
Since South Carolina's program kicked off in 2007, the state's death toll among drivers 15-24 has dropped by 37%. This reduction is amazing, but one life lost is still one too many. The council developed the Zero Hero campaign to emphasize South Carolina's goal of Zero traffic fatalities among young drivers.
More information on ALIVE AT 25 can be found by visiting their website at http://www.scaliveat25.com/
For more information on the above programs, contact Cpl. Justin Chandler at 864-967-9536 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Domestic Violence Victims' Meeting
Domestic Violence is a nationwide problem that affects people of all ages, nationalities, ethnic backgrounds and races and the Simpsonville Police Department wants to help end the cycle of violence. On the 3rd Friday of every month starting at 10am, the police department hosts a meeting that is designed to combat Criminal Domestic Violence by promoting, preventing and alerting the community to take action through education and public awareness. The meetings are open to victims of domestic violence, not just for those that reported it. This informational meeting is provided to give victims knowledge as to what resources are available to assist them. The Simpsonville Police Department has collaborated with other area law enforcement agencies, the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Domestic Violence shelters and others to provide the best information to victims of Domestic Violence.
For more information about the meetings can be obtained by contacting Simpsonville Police Department Victim Advocate, Milena Banquez at 864-967-9536 or by email at email@example.com.
Citizens Assistance Program (CAP)
Do you have a family member that needs to be visited due to health, age or other circumstances that resides alone and has no one to stop and check in on them?
The Simpsonville Police Department (SPD) has started up the Citizens Assistance Program (CAP) working in conjunction with Meals on Wheels, the United States Postal Service (USPS) and Senior Helpers, to check on individuals throughout the City of Simpsonville. Meals on Wheels role is to help identify potential people that could benefit from this program. The USPS will advise the police department if they see a pattern of mail piling up for anyone, so that we can check on them. Senior Helpers has providing training to SPD Officers in identifying and dealing with persons suffering from Alzheimer’s and/or dementia. The CAP is for citizens that do not live in assisted living, nursing homes, or have relatives that are able to visit them every day. This program would enable the people of Simpsonville to feel safe in their own homes while giving them the luxury of living alone. Family members or other concerned people can give us the proper information and a police officer will check in with that person on a daily basis either by phone or in person.
For more information on the CAP program, contact Officer Sandra Murphy at 864-967-9536. Completed applications may be mailed to the Simpsonville Police Department at 405 East Curtis Street Attention: CAP Program.
The Anti Theft Program [ATP] is aimed at auto theft prevention. The program is designed to assist law enforcement with the detection of stolen vehicles. The program utilizes issued stickers that are displayed on the vehicle enrolled in the program. If an officer spots the vehicle away from a residence during a certain time period, the officer will stop the vehicle and determine if the driver has consent to use the vehicle. The vehicle stickers that will be distributed and provided by Simpsonville Police Department are specific to the ATP program. Vehicles must be registered in the program with the police department along with an informed consent agreement signed by the vehicles registered owner.
Anyone that is interested in the program can get more information or find the ATP registration and agreement forms here.
Badges and Boxtops
The Simpsonville Police Department supports the educational process for students in the city limits of Simpsonville. General Mills has a program that offers points on their products in the form of box tops. Most of the schools participate in this program that allows them to redeem the box tops for money. That money can be used for the purpose of educational materials for the schools. Just by taking an extra minute to tear/cut the box top off of the products you can support our schools. To find out more about how this program works or to view qualifying products, visit the official website at www.boxtops.com
The Simpsonville Police Department has set up boxes like the one pictured at city owned buildings throughout the city of Simpsonville, so that you can drop your box tops inside of them. 100% of the box tops will be given to the schools in the City Limits of Simpsonville so that they can buy some much needed equipment.
School Bus Stop Arm Initiative
The Simpsonville Police Department aims to educate drivers and enforce the law when it comes to violations of passing stopped school buses. The police department began the School Bus Stop Arm Initiative to lower the amount of violations that occur. The police department has partnered with the Greenville County School District to provide specific enforcement to areas where the most violations occur. Officers will follow school buses along their routes watching for violations.
Below is the state law governing stopped school buses and the recommended fines.
According to SC Code of Law Section 56-5-2770 vehicles must follow the below rules when approaching a stopped school bus in order to avoid a violation:
- On a two-lane highway, traveling in either direction, the vehicle must stop;
- On a multi-lane highway traveling behind the bus, the vehicle must stop.
- On a multi-lane highway and the stopped school bus is heading toward you, the vehicle does not have to stop but should simply slow down and pass with caution.
The recommended roadside fine for passing a stopped school bus:
- 1st Offense – Recommended Bond Amount is $1,067.00 and six points or up to 30 days in jail
- 2nd offense – General Sessions charge
For more information regarding the School Bus Stop Arm Initiative contact Officer Sandra Murphy at 864-967-9536.
Citizen Ride Along Program
The Simpsonville Police Department offers citizens an opportunity to experience life as a Patrol Officer by participating in the citizen ride along program. Citizens approved for the program are permitted to ride with a uniformed officer while patrolling the streets of Simpsonville. This is a rewarding experience for those interested in careers in law enforcement or those that just want to know what it is like to be a Police Officer.
Citizens interested in the ride along program must fill out a Ride Along Request Application. Applications can be picked up at the police department, Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm in the Records Division. You can also download a Citizen Ride Along Program application. Applicants must agree to and pass a criminal background check that includes a NCIC check, sign all forms and waivers, and agree to follow all rules of conduct before participating.
Neighborhood Watch program is a group of people living in the same area
who want to make their neighborhood safer by working together and in
conjunction with local law enforcement to reduce crime and improve their
quality of life. Neighborhood Watch groups have regular meetings to plan how they will accomplish their specific goals. They will assign leaders with specific areas of responsibility. Neighborhood Watch is homeland security at the most local level. It is an opportunity to volunteer and work towards increasing the safety and security of your home and our homeland.
Neighborhood Watch empowers citizens and communities to become active
in emergency preparedness, as well as the fight against crime and
Activities conducted by Neighborhood Watch groups across the country are as diverse and varied as their volunteers and the neighborhoods they represent. Some groups mobilize to patrol neighborhoods, others distribute crime prevention information, while business assessments or home security surveys are conducted by others. Where disorder problems are the primary focus of Neighborhood Watch members, volunteers mobilize and conduct neighborhood clean-ups, or work with civic and/or faith-based organizations to assist with the homeless and mentally ill who wander the streets. As law enforcement officers learn the needs of their various Neighborhood Watch groups and the dynamics of their volunteers; they can tailor activities and responses to meet the ever-changing needs of their citizens.
Anyone interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch program can contact the Simpsonville Police Department at 864-967-9536.