In 1987, a full time Community Services/Crime Prevention Officer position was created. The main focus of the officer's duties is to assist residents in implementing crime prevention programs such as Crime Watch throughout the community to help reduce crimes and specifically burglaries. Its other focus is to introduce and facilitate a wide variety of crime prevention and community safety programs dealing with such topics as drug and alcohol abuse (D.A.R.E.), personal safety, home and business security survey, as well as numerous other programs upon request.
The Community Services Officer also acts as the liaison to the numerous community and business groups within Jefferson Township. All business and residential alarm registrations are coordinated and maintained through this office.
National Night Out
The Jefferson Township Police Department has been participating each year in the National Night Out program sponsored by National Association of Town Watch.
The event is primarily designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community relations.
The National Night Out program is held at the Municipal Complex on the first Tuesday of August each year. The event involves displays from all of the emergency service organizations within the municipality. Hot dogs and refreshments and several forms of entertainment, for adults and children alike, are available, such as a petting zoo, face painting and a bounce house.
Junior Police Academy
Since 2004, the Jefferson Township Police Department has operated an annual Junior Police Academy. Held during the month of August, up to 50 students, ages 11-14, both male and female, can sign up to participate. The Junior Police Academy is a week-long event where cadets report daily and participate in numerous police-related activities designed to give them an insight into the law enforcement profession. At the end of the week, there is a graduation ceremony and the cadets are awarded Certificates of Commendation for their successful completion of the academy.