D.A.R.E/School Resource Officers
We have a very active D.A.R.E./School Resource Officer program that is tasked with building positive relationships with our youth as well as keeping our schools safe.
Our DARE program is for fifth grade students in the Opelika City School System. It is to teach kids the skills they need to stay drug free and resist violence. It teaches eight ways to say no to drugs as well as ways to discuss and solve problems before they escalate to violence. This is another very satisfying program for all those who work with it.
The Opelika Police Department has seven School Resource Officers, who constantly monitor all of the Opelika School System campuses. They act as liaisons between the schools and the Police Department on all matter of safety and law enforcement on campus.
Citizen's Police Academy
This unique and thought provoking eight-week course is aimed at adults from the ages of 18 and beyond. Its goal is to educate the public on the various aspects of police work within the City of Opelika - the various divisions, the training officers must go through, the dangers faced by Opelika 's force on a daily basis. Learn More.
Our annual youth camp is for fourth grade students, going into the fifth grade. It is for children who might not otherwise get to participate in a summer activity. It is four days of fun in the sun at Springvilla Park. Learn More.
Crime Prevention Surveys
Opelika Police Department’s Crime Prevention Officer will come to your home or business and perform a crime prevention survey. He or she will point out the areas where you may be vulnerable to crime and give practical solutions to reduce your risk of becoming a victim.
The Opelika Police Department sponsors a neighborhood watch program. This is designed to reduce crime in a specific neighborhood by increased vigilance and reporting. It is very effective when there is adequate participation by at least 75% of the people living within the affected neighborhood.
Drug Awareness Talks
Opelika Police Officers go to many area schools and churches to speak about the dangers of drugs and drug abuse. We also do the same for many private businesses who wish to inform their employees of these dangers to promote a safer work environment for everyone.
Several times throughout the year we interact with the Pre-K programs in Opelika. We give motivational speeches, tours of the Police Department and positive role models for the young children involved in the Pre-K program.
Crisis Youth Intervention
Several times a month we act as intermediaries between the school system and the Lee County Youth Development Center. This targets at-risk kids and strives to turn them around before they commit serious crimes and are forced to face the inevitable consequences of their actions. This is done by giving the kids involved exposure to the juvenile justice system, as an observer, to hopefully change the path they are on.
The Opelika Police Department provides a “McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog” to area schools, businesses, daycares, and churches. McGruff is a big hit with the kids and a lot of fun for the officers who accompany McGruff.