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Crime Prevention Specialist


The Crime Prevention Specialist performs a variety of non-sworn office and field duties to support the Police Departmentís Crime Prevention Programs and strategies; areas include the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program; crime prevention programs; business and residential security inspections and building and landscape design review; performs other job related duties as assigned.

This position is assigned to the Turlock Associated Police Officers (TAPO) bargaining unit for labor relations purposes and is subject to overtime assignments.


The Crime Prevention Specialist is a non-sworn classification in the Police Department with a focus on proactive crime prevention, and is responsible for the Volunteers in Police Service Program including recruiting, training, and scheduling volunteers in the performance of duties.

The Crime Prevention Specialist also develops and implements a variety of crime prevention programs, presentations and materials for businesses and the community, and performs services such as security inspections and reviewing building and landscape designs. Duties require the ability to schedule and monitor the work of others, excellent organization skills, independent initiative, good judgment, and the ability to manage simultaneous programs and assignments with close attention to deadlines.

The Crime Prevention Specialist is distinguished from the Community Service Officer in that the latter carries out assigned field and office law enforcement duties in the areas of traffic control, parking enforcement, preparing and processing reports and complaints, assisting with property and evidence, and may also assist in crime prevention activities. In contrast, the Crime Prevention Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing Crime Prevention programs and educational materials for businesses and the public; recruiting, training and scheduling police service volunteers; and tracking and managing a variety of concurrent assignments.

Supervision is received from a Police Sergeant or Lieutenant. The Crime Prevention Specialist provides lead/technical/functional supervision in recruiting, training, scheduling and overseeing the work of police service volunteers, but is not responsible for hiring, discipline, grievances or formal performance evaluations.

ESSENTIAL FUNCITONS: - Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Recruit, train, schedule and supervise Police Service Volunteers, including developing, maintaining and presenting the Volunteers in Police Service Training Academy.
  • Develop, implement and oversee a variety of crime and violence prevention programs and activities for businesses, children, the public, schools, organizations and interested individuals such as Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, Child Safety, Citizens Academy, and Womenís Safety.
  • Prepare, maintain, and distribute crime prevention literature and materials for programs including flyers, brochures, visual displays and bulletin boards.
  • Develop and make educational speeches and presentations on a variety of crime prevention topics for a variety of community and business audiences.
  • Conduct residential and commercial security inspections; review blueprints for building and landscape designs to determine crime prevention concerns and make recommendations.
  • Develop or assist with special community events; may provide traffic control assistance.
  • Perform departmental administrative duties as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Crime prevention practices, methods and techniques.
  • Public outreach, marketing and educational program development methods.
  • Principles and techniques of public speaking and audience appropriate presentation design.
  • Methods and techniques of design for informational materials such as flyers, brochures and visual displays.
  • Techniques for effectively organizing and managing multiple schedules and projects.
  • Methods and practices for effective supervision and employee training.
  • Computer software programs required to perform job duties.

Ability to:

  • Apply crime related statistics, information and crime prevention measures in the development of crime prevention and safety awareness informational and educational programs, seminars, meetings, and special events.
  • Prepare and deliver effective audience appropriate oral presentations and programs using data, charts and graphs.
  • Prepare written informational materials including brochures, flyers and other educational literature and materials.
  • Recruit, train and oversee the work of police service volunteers.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Plan and organize work to meet schedules and deadlines, assure efficient and timely completion of reports, projects, programs and activities, and manage multiple projects simultaneously; maintain accurate records and files.
  • Read and interpret blueprints and permit applications for crime preventions purposes.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department and the community with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Represent the City and the Department in a variety of situations.



One year of experience in the job classification of Community Service Officer I or II with the City of Turlock and off probation in that job classification;


Two years of experience in a law enforcement related position equivalent to the Community Service Officer job classification;


Two years experience in any field which included extensive interaction with the public, developing informational materials, making presentations and managing multiple programs or projects.


  • High School Diploma or G.E.D. and;
  • Completion of thirty (30) units of college work in sociology, psychology, criminal justice, business administration, public administration, or related fields.
  • Training in Crime Prevention in highly desirable.



Possession of an appropriate, valid California driverís license at the time of appointment, to be maintained as a condition of continued employment.


Maintain the following physical abilities: see well enough to read instructions; sufficient dexterity and hand-eye coordination to operate drafting and field surveying equipment; read fine print and view computer screens; hear well enough to converse on the telephone and in person; use of hands and fingers for use of computer keyboard, filing, writing and answering telephone; capable of clear speech; able to lift and carry objects weighing up to 40 pounds; climb stairs and ladders; stamina to work long hours and attend night meetings.

Established 11/2013

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      Human Resources
      156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
      Turlock, CA 95380-5454
      (209) 668-5540
      Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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