Crime Prevention


In 1980, the City of Manitowoc formed a committee to assist the Manitowoc Police Department in the fight against crime. This committee that began with 14 members was responsible for the start of what became known as the Manitowoc Crime Prevention Program.
The purpose of the current 23 crime prevention members is to work with the community in the field of crime prevention, assist all law enforcement agencies in the accomplishment of their duties and cooperate with all community organizations in crime prevention efforts. Since 1980, thirteen programs have been established. Programs that are currently in effect include:
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Nuisance Ordinance
  • Scam/Fraud Training
  • C.P.T.E.D. (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)
  • Citizen's Academy
  • Youth Academy
  • Crime Stoppers
  • D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)
  • School Resource Officer Program
  • Fleetwatch
  • Retail and Financial Crime Prevention Task Force
  • Pharmacy Crime Prevention Task Force
  • McGruff House Program
  • Project Youth
  • Child Fingerprinting
  • National Night Out

The Manitowoc Police Department's Crime Prevention Program's mission is to be a leader in helping Manitowoc residents keep themselves, their families, and their neighborhoods safe from crime.

2018 Citizens Academy

The Citizens Academy is a sought after program offered to citizens. The Manitowoc Police Department Citizens Academy is an eleven week program covering various aspects of law enforcement. Academy classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, March 6th through May 15th, 2018, with graduation being held on May 22nd. Interested citizens must be committed to attending ALL sessions. You must be at least 18 years old or a senior in high school and can have no felony convictions.

The Citizens Academy is designed to reach out to members of our community, and invite them to learn more about the Manitowoc Police Department. Academy classes will be taught by personnel of the Manitowoc Police Department, who will be open, honest, and candid about their duties and experiences as a law enforcement officer. Class discussion will be encouraged. Classroom lectures will be kept to a minimum, in order to maximize the “hands on” practical exercises.

Topics which will be covered during the Academy will include: Police Department Operations; Use of Force; Taser; Pepper Spray; Firearms; Traffic Stops; O.W.I./D.R.E.; Building Searches; Domestic Violence; Crime Scene Investigations; Drug Awareness; Gangs; School Resource Officer program; Internet Sex Predator Demonstration; Voice Stress Analyzer and Courtroom Testimony.

The goal of the Citizens Academy is to provide graduates with a working knowledge of the Manitowoc Police Department, and to strengthen community support and involvement with the department. We look forward to your participation!!

The Application is available here or at the Manitowoc Police Departments front desk. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Sergeant Bruce Jacobs at (920)686-6576.