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Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention Specialist (CPS)

Over the years, Virginia law enforcement professionals have been increasingly aware of the importance of community crime prevention. Crime prevention units were created and many agencies developed a cadre of highly trained and motivated crime prevention practitioners. These practitioners worked and are working with citizens and business leaders to promote and employ an increasing variety of crime prevention strategies. In recent years, the advent and adoption of community-oriented policing has further increased the role and importance of these practitioners.

The guidelines and application forms for those seeking certification as a Crime Prevention Specialist are posted here:

Crime prevention specialists

  • Crime Prevention Specialist Certification Application (Form A) - ( PDF   DOC )
  • Crime Prevention Specialist Recertification Application (Form B) - ( PDF   DOC )


Certified Crime Prevention Community Program (CCPCP)

In 2000, DCJS launched the Certified Crime Prevention Community Program. The main goal of the program is to publicly recognize and certify localities that have implemented a defined set of community safety strategies as part of a comprehensive community safety/crime prevention effort. To obtain certification, a locality must meet 12 core community safety programs and standards augmented by a minimum of seven approved optional programs either proffered by the locality or selected from a list provided by DCJS. The program is a tool to enhance the marketing of economic development and tourism in localities. It also strengthens the professionalism of city or county management and local law enforcement agencies by showing that the locality can meet rigorous standards related to community safety.

Certified Crime Prevention Campus Program (CCP-CP)

DCJS has created a means to publicly certify institutions of higher learning that have implemented a defined set of campus safety strategies as part of a comprehensive community effort. This program, entitled the Certified Crime Prevention Campus Program, is open to all public and private accredited colleges or universities in Virginia. All applicants are required to have each of the Core Campus Safety Elements in place and must select seven additional elements for submission from the optional elements list.

Certified Crime Prevention Campus Program-Certification Manual

Currently Certified Crime Prevention Campuses

  • Christopher Newport University
  • Germanna Community College
  • James Madison University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Richard Bland College of William and Mary
  • University of Richmond
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech

Training, Events, and Resources

Regional Crime Prevention Associations

  • Capitol Region Crime Prevention and Education Association
  • Hampton Roads Regional Crime Prevention Association
  • Southwest Regional Crime Prevention Association
  • Mountain Empire Regional Crime Prevention Association

Crime Prevention Center Contacts

Marc Dawkins, Campus Safety and Law Enforcement Training Manager

Email Marc

Tracy Matthews, Law Enforcement Training and Grants Supervisor
Email Tracy