As a commitment to the safety and security of our residents and neighbors, we partner local leaders and the police department to create cooperative programs and services designed to protect us all.
Neighborhood Watch Program
Led by a Forest Acres Community Service Officer, Neighborhood Watch meetings brings together neighbors and local law enforcement for an informal and engaging discussion on crime prevention, personal safety and local issues. Contact us to find out if there’s a Neighborhood Watch Program in your area or to start one.
Contact Care Program
Created for neighbors who need a little extra care, our Contact Care Program is a cooperative effort between community members and the Forest Acres Police Department. Contact Care participants provide the Police Department with vital information about health needs and family members. Participants are asked to call the Police Department before 11 a.m. each day. Participants who don’t call are called by the dispatcher. Participants who do not answer the phone receive a visit from an officer at their home. If the officer believes the participant is home and cannot answer the door, the officer will enter the home with a provided key to ensure the participant is safe and healthy.
Victim Assistance Program
The Forest Acres Police Department is committed to providing the victims of crime with the assistance and guidance needed to navigate through the court system. As a victim of a crime in Forest Acres, you have the right to justice and due process regardless of race, sex, religion or economic status.
Some of the services we offer are:
- Emotional support
- Assistance with problems resulting from the crime
- Court advocacy and accompaniment
- Help in filing for victim compensation (SOVA)
- Crisis intervention
- Referral to agencies for counseling and other services
If you are the victim of a crime and need help, please fill out our Victim Impact Statement and return it to Frances Carmichael Reynolds, the Forest Acres Law Enforcement Victim Advocate. Ms. Reynolds can be contact at (803) 404-5337 or by email.
Children’s Safety Programs
The Forest Acres Police Department offers an array of empowering and educational child safety programs at local churches, daycare facilities, and elementary schools, including:
What Do I Do When I’m Lost
When I Stay Alone at Home
How and When to Call 911
To schedule a tour of the Police Department for a youth group, please call the Community Service Officer at 803-404-5336.
Business Safety Program
The Police Department offers an educational and engaging 20-minute program on what to do and what not to do during a robbery. The program encourages dialogue and offers tips on everything from how to preserve evidence to how to interact with law enforcement.
On vacation? Out of town for work? Simply call or stop by the police department with your arrival and departure dates, and an officer will check on your property twice daily while you’re away. Rest easy knowing your property is safe and secure.
Personal Safety Programs
The Police Department offers educational and engaging personal safety programs to area groups. Led by officers, the programs encourage dialogue and cover an array of topics – from safety at home to how to react and respond in case of a crime.
FAPD will fingerprint citizens whose employers require it. To make an appointment, please call the Forest Acres Community Service Officer at 803-404-5336. Residents of Forest Acres are fingerprinted for free (after providing proof or residency). Non-residents must pay a $10 fee.
Home Security Surveys
How secure is your home? Have an officer come to your home and make suggestions and recommendations on how to make your home and property more secure. To schedule a home security survey, please call the Forest Acres Community Service Officer at 803-404-5336.