Community Engagement Events
In the spirit of community policing, the Moscow Police Department hosts a variety of community activities. Here are just a few of the ways that the department serves and connects with our community:
Officer Lee Newbill Safety Fair
The Lee Newbill Safety Fair is named after Officer Lee Newbill who was killed in the line of duty and was passionate about bicycle safety for children. The police department partners with other sponsoring agencies and private organizations to host this event each year which is free to the public. Each child is fitted for a new helmet and all helmets are free of charge as a result of community donations. In addition, car seat check station is set up for families and car seats are distributed to families-in-need. This event is one of the department’s keynote community policing efforts directed toward safety and education.
National Night Out
Each August our department hosts this event downtown for families. There is information available about a variety of topics such as protection of personal property and identities, senior and child safety, and safety for pets in the hot summer months—to name a few. Officers and their cars, bicycles, motorcycles are available for a first-hand look by the public. We also offer games for the kids, a drawing for the adults and courtesy hotdogs for all attendees. Many contribute their time and talents to connect with our community.
Shop with a Cop
On a scheduled Saturday morning in December, officers shop with local elementary-aged children for their families and a little something for themselves, making our youngest citizens’ Christmas a little merrier. Officers’ family members wrap the gifts and children are invited to partake of a breakfast sandwich while waiting for parents to pick them up. These children are chosen by area school counselors with funds provided through the Walmart Foundation.
Citizens Police Academy
The Moscow Police Department's yearly Citizens Police Academy provides an opportunity for citizens and students to be educated and given one-on-one instruction about the life and duties of police officers.
The Academy is an eleven-week course that meets once a week. Classes are limited to 30 students. University of Idaho Students have the ability to acquire college credits if approved by their adviser. This Academy is just one way the Moscow Police Department educates through transparency of our daily actions. For more information, click here