About the Crime Prevention Unit

The Prince William County Police Department currently has three crime prevention officers and a civilian crime prevention specialist. All four have received Crime Prevention Specialist certification through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.  They are highly trained in all areas of crime prevention including personal safety, senior safety, workplace-violence prevention, robbery prevention, drug abuse, home security and identity theft.

The Crime Prevention Unit's members are here to help communities establish active Neighborhood Watch programs, assist businesses and residents with preventing crime, and work with Patrol Officers to address neighborhood issues and facilitate problem-solving methods.

All members of the Unit are trained in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies. The Unit works with the County's Planning Office to apply CPTED strategies and identify safety risks of future developments within Prince William County, as well as providing crime-safety assessments of various existing County-owned and privately-owned buildings.

The Unit works in conjunction with the Prince William Crime Prevention Council to provide neighborhood and community meetings where guest speakers provide presentations on community issues and topics. View the upcoming meetings.

If you would like to schedule a presentation for your group, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at least three (3) weeks prior to the date that you would like the speaker. Presentations are free of charge. Send an email to crimeprevention@pwcgov.org or call 703-792-7270.