Community Relations

Establishing Positive Communications
The Midland Police Department Community Relations Unit is charged with the responsibility of establishing positive communication between the Midland community and the Police Department.

Programs include:
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Home and apartment security survey: Free safety inspection.
  • Home insurance surveys: Free inspection and information on how you might be able to get 5% reduction on homeowners policy.
  • Business survey: Free business inspections to advise how to make your business less likely to be a target for burglary and theft.
  • Personal Awareness: This program is conducted with businesses, churches, civic organizations, and others to stress awareness of conditions around you and suggestions to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
  • Fraud and Con Games: Targeted to senior citizens.
  • Shoplifting: Popular program of the employer and the employee and high-school business classes where students work part-time after class.
  • Fatal Vision: This program utilizes a “hands-on” approach to the dangers of intoxication and driving. Classroom instruction and a driving safety course are combined to teach this program.
  • S.K.I.D. (Safe Kid Identification Disk): Designed for any age person who could be at risk for personal safety such as lost/missing children or Alzheimer's patients.
  • Bicycle Rodeo: Teaches kids safety rules, accident avoidance, and proper bicycle maintenance. Parents drivers license number is engraved on the bike for ID purposes.
  • McGruff the Crime Dog: Targets younger audiences (2 to 5 years old) and up to 6th grade.
  • Stranger Danger: Geared toward children, pre-school to 6th grade; helps latch-key children.
  • Red Ribbon Week: A full week of programs including McCrime and McGruff presenting Drug Awareness, Personal Awareness, Stranger Danger and others at public and private schools.
  • Kops for Kids Trading Cards: the unit, in partnership with the Midland Crime Prevention Commission, receives donations for funding the trading cards for officers. Those officers attend presentations to offer the autographed cards to children and adults. Bridges relations with the community, especially the children.
  • National Night Out: encourages neighborhood watches, apartment watches and mall watch. The community works with Law Enforcement against crime and the criminals.
  • Halloween Safety Program: educates children on the dangers that surround Halloween and how to Trick or Treat and stay safe.
  • Kids Academy: For children ages 8-12; Students in the class will learn more about the various divisions of the Midland Police Department and justice system, as well as life skills dealing with bullying and exercise.
  • Citizen Police Academy: Designed to educate citizens on the inner workings of their police department in order to foster better relations between the citizens and the police officers. This program runs for 10 weeks, 1 evening class per week on Thursday, twice a year, free of charge.