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Understanding Locks for Crime Prevention Practitioners

Understanding Locks for Crime Prevention Practitioners


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The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is pleased to announce that it will host “Understanding Locks for Crime Prevention Practitioners”. The role of Crime Prevention Practitioners in law enforcement is primarily to address opportunity crimes by making the target unattractive. The practitioner makes the crime unattractive by making it likely they will be seen; this is more likely the longer they are on the scene. Good locks delay entry thus increasing the time needed to gain access. New mechanical and electronic locking mechanisms are being introduced every day due to the criminal gaining knowledge in how to defeat those locks currently in use.

This one-day workshop will:

1. Enable participants to identify the standard mechanical, electric, and electronic locking technology, their common defeat methods, and how to overcome their weaknesses.

2. Provide participants with information needed to identify locking needs and make proper recommendations to residents or businesses for locks to achieve the needed level of security.

3. Enhance participants’ abilities to support existing threat management processes in schools, campuses, and workplaces within their community, and to build foundations for broader, approaches to prevent violence.

The session will be presented by the Crime Prevention Center for Training and Services, LLC.

Who should attend?

This training will benefit all law enforcement, crime prevention practitioners, and school or campus facilities staff responsible for understanding security devices.

Partial In-service Credit

Partial In-service Credit for law enforcement officers is available.

Training Time and Details

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Training begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 5:00 p.m. 

Travel, Lodging, and Meals

Participants are responsible for their transportation, meals, and lodging arrangements and related expenses.  

Cost and Registration

There is no registration fee to attend this training. 

Pre-registration is required. 

Please note that the DCJS registration system does not have the capacity to sort eligible from ineligible registrants. Therefore, anyone who registers will receive a confirmation. It is the responsibility of the DCJS assigned course director to review the roster and make a final determination on acceptance into the course. Registrants not accepted will be notified via the email address provided during registration.


DCJS Page Contact

Marc Dawkins
Law Enforcement & Public Safety Training Manager
Law Enforcement and Public Safety Training
(804) 380-9709