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Certified Crime Prevention Community

What is a Certified Crime Prevention Community?
On March 19, 2001, Roanoke was recognized as a Certified Crime Prevention Community (CCPC), a distinct honor for the city. The CCPC program was created in 1998 by a directive from the Governor's New Partnership Commission for Community Safety. It was designed to promote community safety and to recognize communities displaying exemplary efforts in the prevention of crime. This program is the first and only of its kind in the United States. Participant communities must undergo a rigorous application process and provide proof of overall community involvement in 12 mandated areas, and an additional seven optional elements. Communities that are certified must go through a re-certification process every three years. The City of Roanoke has completed the recertification process, and was recognized by the Department of Criminal Justice Services with a plaque at the August 2, 2010, Roanoke City Council meeting. Mr. Leon Baker, Director of the Office of Regulatory Affairs for the Department of Criminal Justice Services (right) presents Police Chief C.C. Perkins (left) with recertification.

What are the benefits?
Being a CCPC sends a strong message to the public that crime will not be tolerated in the City of Roanoke, thereby enhancing public trust and involvement. The CCPC distinction makes the city attractive to new business and helps sustain the economic position of the jurisdiction. Participating in the program demonstrates the city's resolve in keeping Roanoke safe for residents and business owners alike. Signs have been placed at various locations throughout the city welcoming visitors to the City of Roanoke, a Certified Crime Prevention Community.