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Crime Free Housing training seminar set for November

The West Fargo Police Department is offering training relating to Crime Free Multi-Housing on Tuesday, Nov. 17, and Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the West Fargo Police Department.  The eight hour class, Phase One, is being divided up into two evening classes to offer training to those who cannot attend during regular business hours. 

Those attending the training will receive instruction in: understanding crime prevention, conducting the application screening process, personal safety, fair housing standards, establishing lease and lease addendums, concept of active property management, working with local law enforcement and fire departments, and drug and gang awareness.  This training is for property owners, managers, leasing staff, maintenance personnel and others in the management team.

Phase Two of this program is a basic Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) inspection of the property.  Trained personnel from the police department review the property and provide recommendations to improve the safety and security of the residents.

Phase Three is an organized resident social.  The purpose of the social is to promote a community setting, introduce residents and staff, and provide educational materials relating to crime watch and crime prevention techniques.

Certificates are presented to the participants for completion of Phase One and certificates are presented to the management for completion of Phase Two and Phase Three.  Once all three phases have been completed, the management can then post the Crime Free Multi-Housing signs on their property.  Final certification entitles the property owner or manager to free background checks on crime free housing applications, free reports relating to activities occurring on their property, free CPTED surveys, free crime free program materials, and free Crime Free Multi-Housing signs to be posted on their property. 

The West Fargo Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is based on the crime free program developed by Tim Zehring of the Mesa, Ariz., Police Department. The West Fargo Police Department is a member of the International Crime Free Housing Association. 

Questions about the program or class should be directed to Pam Cota, Crime Free Housing Coordinator, West Fargo Police Department at 433-5500.  Class size is limited.  Call now to reserve a spot. There is no charge for the sessions.