Crime Prevention/Community Relations Unit The Laredo Police Department Crime Prevention/ Community Relations Unit are committed to preserving the Spirit of Laredo. We will work cooperatively with the community to enforce the laws, preserve peace, and provide a safe environment.
We are committed to providing the highest quality of police service and forming partnerships with the community to achieve public satisfaction making the Gateway City a safe place to live, visit, and conduct business.
Through our Integrity, Professionalism, Compassion, Teamwork and Community Satisfaction the Laredo Police Department will devise ways to improve the performance of the department, so that we may better serve the community.
The Community Relations Crime Prevention Unit has many programs that help build a bridge which enables residents and law enforcement to communicate, collaborate, and work together to build safer, more caring communities.
Community policing is the responsibility of both law enforcement and community members. Both have important roles in community policing.
There are many ways to involve the community in crime-reduction and problem solving, including community meetings and citizens’ involvement.
Be informed: Read the newspaper, listen to or watch local and national news reports, and attend community meetings.
Be alert: Be familiar with your environment at home, school, work, church, and social events.
Be prepared: Have a prepared family plan for emergencies. Create a family first aid kit, attend crime prevention classes, and get involved with your local law enforcement and crime prevention associations.
Community Relations Unit consists of six officers and one Sgt. Officer’s are available to assist you in your needs and they can be reached at:
Main office number (956) 795-2900
Sergeant Jeannette Tobar (956) 727-6591
Home and Business crime risk assessments and safety studies
Home Security Surveys: A complete security survey of the home is conducted. The Crime Prevention Officer examines locks, doors, strike plates, and windows. Exterior and interior lighting are also examined, as well as shrubbery and fencing. Written suggestions on how to improve the security of the home are given. If the residence qualifies, the homeowner may receive a 5% discount on homeowners insurance premium.
Business security surveys: A thorough security survey is conducted of both the interior and exterior of the business. We review the lighting, locks, and types of doors and windows. Also, we cover exterior fencing, parking, alarms, and personnel security practices. These surveys are requested by the buisness owner(s) and when the survey is completed, a confidential typewritten security survey report is provided for the business owner. The Crime Prevention Practitioner returns, at the request of the buisness owner, in approximately 2 weeks to reevaluate the business for insurance purposes.
All CRU officers are certified Crime Prevention Practitioners and can be contacted by calling (956) 795-2900.
Neighborhood Watch Programs
The Neighborhood Watch Program is a self-help cooperative effort between the Laredo Police Department and neighbors. It is an effective aid to the Police Department in the war against crime. It consists of organizing the neighbors in your block to come together for two meetings which are coordinated by the Crime Prevention Practitioner and the interested resident.
Contact Sgt. Jeannette Tobar @ (956) 727-6591
McGruff School Presentations:
The Laredo Police Department is honored to have McGruff the Crime Dog living in their home. McGruff and his CRU travel the entire month of October, which is recognized as Drug Free month, educating the children Kinder – 5th Grade.
McGruff and his CRU incorporate dancing, role playing and their famous light show to educate the kids on being drug free, Halloween Safety, Bullying and this year will begin their new Gun Safety presentation.
Scheduling for our October shows begin in August. For more information or to schedule a school presentation call (956) 795-2900.
Blue Santa Program
The Laredo Police Department has been a member of the Blue Santa Charity Program for over 15 Years. We are a non-profit organization and collect both monetary and toy donations during the months of November and December. The Blue Santa Charity Program helps the less fortunate families living in our Community and hopes to make their Christmas a little brighter.
Sign ups for Blue Santa are in November and are open to children between the ages of 0 – 10 years.
If you would like to volunteer your time or donate to our program please call (956) 795-2900.
Project Child Safe Gun Lock Program
Many kids are raised with firearms in their homes, particularly if hunting is a part of family recreation
If you keep firearms in your home, it is vital to talk to your kids about the potential dangers of firearms and what to do if they find one.
For your Project Child Safe Kit
Contact or stop by the Laredo Police Department Community Relations Unit (City Hall Annex Bldg.)
4810 Maher Ave
Laredo, Texas 78041
Keeping Children Safe in their Car Seats
Child Passenger Safety Seat Systems (TRC 545.412):
A person commits an offense if the person operates a passenger vehicle, transports a child who is younger than 8 years of age, unless the child is taller than 4’9”, and does not keep the child secured during the operation of the vehicle in a child passenger safety seat system according to the instructions of the manufacturer of the safety seat system.
The Laredo Police Department Community Relations Unit currently has two Child Passanger Safety Seat Certified Technicians who can help you in the installation of your Child Safety Seat(s).
For More Information Contact
Officer Raul Cantu @ (956) 795-2900
Accessible Parking Enforcement Volunteer Program
The Laredo Police Department Accessible Parking Enforcement Volunteer Program is designed to educate interested volunteers so that they may be able to receive certification and help local law enforcement by issuing citations to those who are in violation of parking requirements.
Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older and be a U.S. resident. Parking Enforcers scan parking areas accessible to the public, they are searching for motorists who violate disabled parking statutes and enforce the parking accessibility for the disabled citizens of the Community by issuing citations to disabled/accessible parking violators. Volunteer Enforcers must complete an application, which includes a background check and complete four hours of specialized training to be able to enforce statutes related to Disabled Parking areas.