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CPD officers learn crime prevention through environmental science
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Sgt. Ron Felder is one of the Columbia Police Department's few certified Crime Prevention Officers, but soon there'll be two dozen more.

Officer James Fisher is among the group that did a mock survey the area behind Salty Nut in Five Points.

"Even though I've been in law enforcement a number of years, I'm not too old to learn new things," Fisher said.

On Tuesday, Fisher and his classmates learned crime prevention through environmental design.

They learned about sight lines, the importance of tree height, the danger of overgrowth, and even the color of streetlights.

"For instance, metal haylide light produces a very white light, whereas high pressure sodium produces that yellow color light. People don't feel as safe with yellow as they do with white," Officer Scott Stover said.

But the officers certification didn't stop with the bushes, they also learned how to respond to complaints of speeding with things like lane changes, traffic circles, and speed bumps.

Once certified, the officers will be available to assess homes, businesses, or neighborhoods by looking for signs of criminal activity and looking for ways to prevent it.

"I have learned a lot, simple things like the way vegetation grows over property, it blocks our views when we're checking property at night," Fisher said. "It's just ways to make the community safer for everybody."

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/17324938/cpd-officers-learn-crime-prevention-through-environmental-science

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