New York City Police Department

Frequently Asked Questions | Community Affairs

Does the Police Department offer any tips for home safety?

The police department offers a free confidential security survey to all residents in New York. This survey analyzes the present security level of the premise and makes recommendations on how to increase the level of security. If you are interested in setting up an appointment for a security survey contact your local precinct's Crime Prevention Officer.

Does the Police Department offer any security tips for small businesses?

The police department offers a free confidential security survey to all businesses in New York. This survey analyzes the present security level of the premise and makes recommendations on how to increase the level of security. If you are interested in setting up an appointment for a security survey contact your local precinct's Crime Prevention Officer.

Where can I get my vehicle VIN etched?

Each of the city's 76 Precincts offer VIN Etching as part of our Crime Prevention Programs. Contact your local precinct and ask to speak to the Crime Prevention Officer to set up an appointment.

What kind of programs does the Police Department have that involve the community?

The Community Affairs Bureau develops and oversees programs that involve the community. These include civilian patrols, crime prevention programs, youth programs and liaisons to the various ethnic and cultural communities within New York City. Community Affairs Bureau also oversees special events such as National Night Out, Precinct cleanups and Harmony picnics.

What is the Police Department doing to promote positive police/community relations?

In an effort to provide Patrol Officers and the community with an opportunity to interact with each other in a constructive manner the Community Affairs Bureau has developed the Community Partnership Program.

The Community Partnership Program is the portion of the Community Affairs Bureau Strategy designed to increase the number of positive contacts between patrol officers and the community. This will provide a platform for both police officer and members of the community to dispel pre-conceived notions and forge new relationships.

The Program is a natural segue to the training received by the Police Officers in the Police Academy. The Program will not interfere with the Officer's primary mission of reducing crime but should enhance it by ensuring greater Officer's safety and knowledge of neighborhood crime conditions along with familiarizing themselves with the community they serve and its key leaders.


How can I get information regarding summer play sites or play streets and other PAL programs?

You can contact the Youth Division of  the Community Affairs Bureau at (718) 834-8855 or the PAL direct at (212) 477-9450 or on their web site http://www.palnyc.org/.

What if an organization claiming to be the Police calls asking for a donation?

The New York City Police Department never solicits money over the phone. If you get a call claiming to raise money for the Police Department, report the call to the New York City Police Department Internal Affairs Bureau at 212-741-8401. All calls will be kept confidential.

Contributions can be made by contacting:
New York City Police Foundation
555 Fifth Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10017
212-751-8170

I have information about a crime I believe has occurred, but want to remain anonymous

If you have information about a violent felony crime or whereabouts of someone wanted for a crime, you are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. (Se habla espanol: 1-888-57-PISTA). Callers remain anonymous. If your information leads to the arrest and indictment of a perpetrator for a violent felony crime, you are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.

I want to get involved in or learn more about The Police Explorers Program

You may call your local precinct and ask to speak to the Youth Officer for information about the Explorers Programs or any other program that might be available at the precinct.