Agency Type: Police Department
Population Size, based on the most recent U.S. Census Bureau: 7,971
Agency Size: 35 total - 22 Sworn; 13 non-sworn
Initiative Partnership(s): Culture Reframed; Dr. Alex Del Carmen; The Community
Grant Focus Area(s): Community Engagement; Technology; Victim-Centered Approaches
The Alliance, Nebraska, Police Department (APD) has a staff of 22 that serves a population of almost 8,000 individuals. Between 2020 and 2021, assaults, sexual offenses, and robberies increased in Alliance. Many violent crimes went unreported in 2022, which led APD to focus on providing improved services to crime victims. These efforts include a “Beat Program,” which facilitates the initial contact between community members and the officers assigned to beats in their area. The APD also conducts community education events on sexual assault prevention through the Beat Program and community training seminars.
The APD intends to fund several efforts, including software enhancements that will allow them to engage with underrepresented populations, analyze body-worn camera footage to enhance training and officer response, and develop enhanced data dashboards. The department will also participate in training to teach officers enhanced problem-solving techniques. Lessons learned from this training will be collected into a training book for dissemination to other law enforcement agencies. The APD will also host a community seminar to provide resources on community safety including information about preventing and responding to sexually motivated crimes and child sexual abuse. Through these efforts, the APD hopes to reduce violent crime, enhance community trust and engagement, and increase data-driven policing efforts.