Crime Prevention Month

By Office of the Provost Marshal General, Law Enforcement DivisionOctober 6, 2023

U.S. Army National Guard, 2nd Lt. Fiona Berndt
Soldiers from the 235th Military Police Company pose with Major General Duane R. Miller, 19th U.S. Army Provost Marshal General and Commanding General, Army Corrections Command and Command Sergeant Major Shawn A. Klosterman, Provost Sergeant Major and Command Sergeant Major, Army Corrections Command during the Major General Harry H. Bandholtz Award at Joint Force Headquarters on Camp Rapid, Rapid City, S.D., September 9, 2023. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

October is National Crime Prevention Month. In a 1984 Presidential proclamation, President Ronald Reagan designated October Crime Prevention Month. This month serves as a reminder to us all to renew our commitment to promoting awareness about crime prevention and personal safety. Crime prevention is everyone's responsibility.

Top Lines

·     Crime prevention is crucial for enhancing readiness, command climates, and quality of life; its objective is to decrease the number of Soldiers who are unable to deploy due to crime, misconduct, or victimization, as well as to reduce disorder, harmful behaviors, crimes, and theft of mission-essential equipment and sensitive items.

·     Crime prevention is an integrated enterprise of multiple stakeholders and disciplines, requiring the development of collaborative partnerships and trust among key participants.

·     The Army's Military Police take proactive measures to identify and address potential crime, misconduct, harmful behaviors, and victimization before they occur.

Today’s Army

Modern crime prevention heavily relies on data-driven methods, such as police intelligence operations, to efficiently combat crime and harmful behaviors.

Police intelligence utilizes technology and analyzes data from the police and other stakeholders to generate intelligence products that identify specific conditions requiring focused policing actions.

Military police leaders and stakeholders need police intelligence assessments that are credible, reliable, accurate, and provide context to inform the design and implementation of tailored crime prevention strategies and measures.

 Crime Prevention Goals

  1. Prevent, reduce, and control crime
  2. Prevent, reduce, and control disorder
  3. Prevent, reduce, and control the fear of crime
  4. Influence and reduce off-post crime and victimization
  5. Improve police operation effectiveness, efficiency, and fairness

Talking Points

All members of the Army community play a vital role in preventing crime. We can make a real difference by getting involved and fostering collective efficacy.

Creating a safe environment involves more than just preventing crimes; it requires coordination with other safety, security, and prevention programs to detect, prevent, or respond to potential threats and criminal activity.

To help promote crime prevention this month, the Office of the Provost Marshal General is sharing a variety of resources, including articles, scholarly journals, books, and social media posts.

By working together, we can create a safer and more supportive community for the Total Force.