The Crime Resistance Unit was formed in 1991. The major function of the Unit is public education in the various areas of crime prevention. The officer assigned to the Unit previews videos and designs educational pamphlets and outlines to be used in these efforts. Programs are conducted at all age levels and to all groups. Topics include: Stranger Danger, 9-1-1, Rape prevention, Shoplifting, Senior Crime Prevention, DWI Awareness, Baby-sitting Safety and many others. Other popular programs offered are: The Citizens’ Police Academy, Graduate Citizens’ Police Academy, Youth Citizens’ Police Academy, the Watch Your Car Program and Neighborhood Watch.
A large number of educational programs are conducted at the area schools, ranging from Pre-K and Early Child Care Centers to high schools and colleges. The Parent/Teacher Organizations are also contacted, often in regards to drug awareness. Child safety programs are also conducted through various Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, along with summer programs run by the Youth and Recreational Department. Two major educational programs offered are D.A.R.E. and I-Safe (Internet Safety Program).
Officers assist at many bicycle safety rodeos, conduct child fingerprinting in conjunction with business programs, and are present at fire hall and school open houses to man displays and answer questions.
The Unit runs an active recruiting program promoting the Police Department as a rewarding choice for a career. This is done through participation in college career days and various local job fairs. C.R.U. officers man displays, send out direct mailings, post announcements, and advertise via local media outlets.
The Crime Resistance Unit is home to "McGruff, the Crime Dog," the nationwide crime prevention mascot. McGruff appearances are scheduled by the unit, which maintains the costume, and provides the accompanying videos and brochures.
A very popular service the department offers are K-9 demonstrations with Officer John Doskocz and his K-9 dog, Iozo.