City of Aiken Safe Communities
Aiken Safe Communities Action Team
(Citizens Offering Response, Restoration and Education) – Participate with the Notification selection process. Facilitate “Response Walks” in the event of violent crime in a targeted area & identified “hot spots”. Mentor & Assist Notified Participants with accessing job skills training, counseling and other resources. Individual follow-up, as necessary.
Northside Revitalization & affordable housing. Organize and facilitate Neighborhood Safety Walks in conjunction with Associations/CrimeWatch groups. Block Blitz/Neighborhood Clean-Up events. Property Code Concerns
Volunteer and assist with youth/neighborhood/family various outreach events/programs. Education/tutoring/after school/alternative learning needs. Camp volunteers. We connect “Safe Youth” volunteers with the Youth Restoration Alliance which consists of many youth serving organizations in our area. Volunteers complete training and background checks as required by individual organizations.
Help communicate the Safe Communities philosophy to local businesses. Compile a directory of potential employers for our target population. Develop relationship with companies and small business that will hire successful Notification participants.
Engaging the Community
Bikes & Books
Aiken Department of Public Safety Officers spend time reading with students at North Aiken Elementary School. When they’re not reading, they are working on bikes and learning tips to enjoy a safe ride.
FANtastic Saturday (Fishin’Adventure with the Neighborhoods)
Grab your fishin’ buddies and head to Floyd’s Pond for Aiken Department of Public Safety’s version of a Family Day Camp. There’s fishing, family fun, food and games. Volunteers are also needed.
Mobile Movie Nights
Coming to a neighborhood near you Thursdays in July. Bring the kids and your lawn chair to enjoy an outdoor movie and family fun.
Citizens Public Safety Academy
Citizens are engaged in a 9 week interactive class facilitated by Aiken Department of Public Safety personnel covering topics such as Basic Patrol Functions, Traffic Safety, Criminal Investigations and more.
Chat with Chief
You’re invited to enjoy lunch and a chat with Aiken Department of Public Safety Chief Charles Barranco about relevant community subjects in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.
Poetry in the Park
Join us at a City park for our spring series featuring local poets and masters of spoken word against a backdrop of easy listening/jazz music. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy.
Family Night Unplugged
Taking digital detoxes can improve our productivity at work, restore our ability to focus and strengthen our connections with the people we love.
Open forum for citizens to network and share information/resources on topics such as Education, Mental Health, Business/Industry and Crime/Safety.
Coffee with a Cop
Meet Aiken Department of Public Safety officers at your local eatery for coffee and conversation. The coffee is on the house!