The Nantucket Police Department’s Community Service Division is responsible for establishing and maintaining a positive relationship between law enforcement and the citizens of Nantucket County. This is accomplished by having a common goal of opposing crime in the community. Programs offered through these units help inform, educate and communicate a positive message helping us to achieve these goal.
Future Responsibilities of the Community Service Division
Coordinate and/or establish public awareness campaigns
Offer educational programs in conjunctions with the National Highway Traffic Safety Bureau; Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Highway Safety Division; and Mothers Against Drunk Driving to enhance traffic safety including but not limited to programs to encourage the use of safety belts and child safety seats as well as programs designed to discourage drunk driving, underage drinking, and road rage incidents.
Maintain documentation required to update and annually certify the Town’s Master Street Address Guide for the 9-11 System in conjunction with the Lieutenant in command of the Administrative Services Bureau.
Perform checks on solicitors that go door to door and create roll call information regarding the solicitors.
Perform quarterly crash analysis, and generate monthly crash stats for Central Records.
Perform quarterly Enforcement Analysis reports.
Oversee and enforce the town’s Taxi Bylaw
Regularly participate in a half-hour radio special (97.7) talking about crime prevention on Nantucket’s news station.
Serve as the department’s liaison and point-of-contact to various town committees, such as Pedestrian Bicycle Safety Committee, planning board, Conservation Foundation and Civic league
Perform regular updates on business owners, business listings, active community members, criminals, resources, etc.
Coordinate and oversee community events that include education, crime prevention, or community awareness. For example, seminars for business owners that bring in federal agencies whose expertise can enhance crime prevention awareness.
Conduct directed patrols, uniformed and plainclothes, in neighborhoods requiring extra attention or patrols. Being the point-of-contact and a familiar face will encourage contact with the community members.
Maintain contacts and meet with church/religious groups. These organizations have regular contact with community members and often have similar problems. Working together enhances police involvement and awareness, and the organizations are brought together to create solutions to problems and work together.
Addressing the issue of homelessness and identifying camps in the wooded areas of town.
Educate the community about the prevalence of scams and the importance on protecting private information
Create and update “patrol sheets” and update informational bulletin board in roll call to keep officers informed about problems in town and in neighborhoods
Analyze crime statistics with the help of the records clerk, to identify “hot spots” to focus patrols.