The Police Department maintains several active Block Watch programs. The highlight of each active Block Watch is an annual neighborhood picnic sponsored by the Police Department. These picnics provide an opportunity for the residents and police officers to discuss neighborhood issues and concerns in an open and friendly atmosphere. If you live in New Albany and are interested in starting a Block Watch program in your neighborhood, please contact department at 614.855.1234.
Crime Awareness for Business (CAB)
The CAB Program was developed to decrease crime by increasing awareness among the business community of potential crime situations. As part of this program, businesses contact the Police Department to report suspicious activities and persons of interest with the intent of having police share this information with other businesses. On a consistent basis, police staff will distribute this information via email, as well as other crime awareness tips, to area businesses. Upon request of confidentiality, a business may request that certain information not be shared as part of the CAB Program. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child Car Safety Seat Checks
Trained New Albany police officers conduct several child car safety seat checks each year. Call 614.855.1234 to arrange an appointment for a safety check.
Female Self-Defense Program
This self-defense program is open to females 14-years-of-age or older who are interested in obtaining self defense training and understanding the options they have when encountering sexual assault, harassment, domestic violence or other types of crime. The class covers current statistics, laws and common crimes of choice, as well as awareness, self-defense tactics and risk recognition. This high-impact course teaches easy-to-use self-defense techniques, not martial arts. The department has offered this free, three-day course to more than 500 women. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 614.855.1234 for more information.
Digital fingerprinting services are now offered to the public to allow background checks to be submitted electronically and completed in a much shorter timeframe than in the past. Those who require fingerprinting services as part of a state or federal background checks can now be fingerprinted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. This service is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call 614.855.8576 or email email@example.com.
New Albany residents and those who work within New Albany corporate limits will be charged $25 for fingerprinting associated with state background checks and $30 for fingerprinting associated with federal background checks. The general public who neither live nor work in New Albany will be charged $35 for fingerprinting associated with state background checks and $40 for fingerprinting associated with federal background checks.
More information about this fingerprinting service can be viewed at http://www.ag.state.oh.us/business/fingerprint/index.asp
School Resource Officer Program
Since obtaining a federal COPS grant in 1999, the New Albany Police Department has had an assigned police officer at New Albany High School. This officer is the designated School Resource Officer (SRO) and works closely with the school administration on safety and security issues, strengthening ties between the New Albany-Plain Local School District and the Police Department.
A speed trailer is frequently utilized to help educate and slow motorists on New Albany streets. The speed trailer is often deployed to streets that
- have been the focus of citizen complaints; and
- the speeding problem has been confirmed by a Stealth Stat traffic study.
The speed trailer does not collect traffic information nor is it a traffic camera used to cite speeding motorists. When deployed, the trailer displays the posted speed limit above a LED sign board which displays the speed of approaching vehicles. When approaching vehicles exceed the posted speed limit by a pre determined amount, the sign board will begin flashing the vehicle’s speed. Additionally, red and blue strobe lights on the side of the sign board will flash to obtain the motorist attention and alert them of their speed.
The speed trailer is often deployed before officers begin speeding enforcement. Educating motorists of the speed limit and their vehicular speed to gain voluntary compliance to the speed limit is preferred over writing speeding citations.
To request the placement of speed trailer on a particular street, please contact the police department here.
Stealth Traffic Survey
The department uses Stealth Stat, a device to gather information about traffic on roadways. Unlike the speed trailer, another tool utilized by the department, Stealth Stat is small and blends in with the surroundings. By doing so, the Stealth Stat collects traffic information without influencing motorist driving habits. By blending in, Stealth Stat presents an accurate picture of traffic volumes and speeds on a given road over a certain period of time.
Stealth Stat provides an 85th percentile speed of vehicles traveling along a road, a number reflecting the average speed of the vast majority of motorists. Stealth Stat also can provide the ten mile pace, which is the ten mile per hour range that contains the greatest number of vehicles surveyed. Because most drivers are law abiding safe drivers, the 85th percentile speed and ten mile per hour range are two factors used in determining appropriate speed limits.
When the police department receives a speeding complaint for a particular road, a Stealth Stat survey is often one of the first activities completed. Data from Stealth Stat surveys assists police staff in determining if a speeding problem is perception or reality. Sometimes complainants believe cars are speeding on their street but a Stealth Stat survey indicates otherwise.