The Lebanon Police Department has placed a high degree of emphasis on the elimination of juvenile crime. A key goal is to provide youth with safe, alternative fun and positive role models. The department sponsors a group of youth Police Explorers, who assist with community events. Many of these young people hope to one day become a law enforcement officer. The police department participates in many community events, with which the police explorers occasionally assist. These efforts help build community trust and enhance communication.
At the 2010 Christmas parade, the Lebanon Police Department was proud to introduce Scruff, McGruff the Crime Dog’s nephew. Scruff appears at our community events to educate children and adults about crime, violence and substance abuse prevention. For our most updated information on when Scruff is scheduled to appear, please visit our facebook page.
Lebanon joins police departments in 47 other states who now provide the G.R.E.A.T. program to students in schools ranging from the 4th through the 8th grade. The department has 5 officers committed to the program and hopes to host a summer camp. The goal of the G.R.E.A.T. program is to help youth develop positive life skills that will help them avoid gang involvement and violent behavior. A Department of Justice funded study, being conducted through the University of Nebraska, shows early indications that G.R.E.A.T. is having the desired effect of enabling the nation’s youth to better resist the gang lifestyle.
For more information on the G.R.E.A.T. program, please contact Cpl. PJ Hardy at: 615-453-4398.