Police Chief Rob Hicks is continuously looking for ways to better connect the Leesburg Police Department with our community. In an effort to further provide exceptional police services, he is launching a new program in 2016 called the Police and Community Roundtable (PCR). This is a group of local citizens who regularly meet with the Chief to discuss policing in the 21st Century and topics that impact police and community relations.
The mission of the Police and Community Roundtable is to strengthen relationships between the community and its police force by sharing ideas, fostering mutual respect, and promoting community engagement.
Chief Hicks is looking for interested community members to be a part of this process:
Open to anyone who meets the following minimal requirements:
- Apply during established enrollment periods and serve 1 yr. terms Must have a vested interest in our city in one of the following ways:
- Reside in Leesburg (34748, 34788)
- Own or work for a business in Leesburg city limits
- Have a child who attends school in the Leesburg school zone
- Successfully complete the Citizen’s Police Academy Application
- Regularly attend meetings – Miss no more than 3 scheduled meetings during one year term
How do I join?
1. Complete a Police and Community Roundtable interest form found below. Forms are also located in the lobby of the Leesburg Police Department at 115 E. Magnolia St, Leesburg.
PCR Interest Form
2. Register for the Citizen’s Police Academy or provide certificate if already completed. Citizen’s Police Academy Application
3. Submit the interest form and Citizen’s Police Academy certificate of completion by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. These may also be returned to the lobby of the Leesburg Police Department at 115 E. Magnolia St, Leesburg.
For more information please contact the PCR Coordinator Katie Mack at email@example.com
Why should I join the PCR?
Being a member of the PCR gives an opportunity to directly impact relations between your Police Department and your Community. You will have the ability to not only provide input on matters of significance but also to learn from members in all areas of your local community.
Why do I need to complete the Citizen’s Police Academy prior to joining the PCR?
The Police and Community Roundtable is a group of community members discussing topics that require a basic working knowledge of the Leesburg Police Department and/or law enforcement in general. The Citizen’s Police Academy provides this fundamental knowledge allowing the group to get the most out of each session. Click here for more info.
When are meetings held?
8 regular monthly meetings will be held from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm with a light dinner provided by the Police Department.
4 quarterly focus meetings will be held from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm with a light dinner provided by the Police Department. This longer meeting time allows for organized presentations and more in depth discussions on specific topics.
When does the PCR start?
The first session is tentatively scheduled for July 2016 and will run through July 2017
When are the enrollment dates for PCR?
Enrollment for the upcoming session is open now through June 1, 2016.
How are members selected to participate in the PCR?
We attempt to reflect the broadest possible range of citizens within our community. To help achieve this, a committee will review all interest forms and select 10-12 eligible participants of various ages, men and women, and others who are representative of all ethnic, cultural, religious, and civic groups.