Safer

Together

Safe Streets, a program of Prevention and Resiliency Services, works to create a healthier community by addressing crime prevention through bilingual (English and Spanish) education, resources, and citizen empowerment. Mobilizing and assisting the community with issues related to crime prevention, neighborhood work, and substance abuse prevention.

Efforts in the

COMMUNITY

Community opportunities to assist, recognize, and empower our community members.

National Night Out Events

Safe Streets Coalition

Safe Streets Coalition is a group of citizens whose goal is to reduce crime and substance abuse by working together to make Topeka, the Safest Community in America.

When are the Safe Streets Coalition meetings held?

The meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month. Please refer to our Calendar of Events for meeting dates and details.

What type of activities does a Safe Streets Coalition meeting involve?

At each meeting, Topeka Police Department and the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office provide crime statistics and community updates from their respective agencies. Participants are given the opportunity to ask questions of speakers. PARS Topeka (the meeting facilitators and hosts) give updates about Safe Streets activities. Generally, most meetings feature a topic of interest and guest speaker(s), or panel discussion, or interactive work groups to address community services, concerns, and/or issues. Each participant is given the opportunity to provide suggestions for future topics, meeting feedback, and an evaluation of the topic(s) and speaker(s) through an evaluation after the meeting.

Who can participate in the Safe Streets Coalition meetings?

The Safe Streets Coalition meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend. An email invitation with an RSVP date and instructions and meeting details is sent out ahead of time to Coalition members. We also put reminders and additional posts on our Safe Streets Coalition Facebook page.

What is a Neighborhood Watch?

A Neighborhood Watch is neighbors meeting to discuss ways to make their neighborhood safer and reduce crime. This program is designed to increase the safety and sense of community in neighborhoods by organizing and involving individuals and families in a united crime prevention effort.

When are Neighborhood Watch meetings held?

Neighborhood watch meetings may be held monthly, quarterly, annually, or when the neighborhood wants to discuss issues.

What type of activities are involved in the Neighborhood Watch Program?

Each neighborhood plans their own activities including their National Night Out event.

Who can participate in Neighborhood Watch meetings?

A neighborhood watch can be a stand-alone group, or it can be part of a neighborhood association or neighborhood improvement association. A Neighborhood Watch can be formed around any geographical unit, a block, apartment, public housing complex, homeowners’ association, gated communities, neighborhood improvement associations or retirement complexes. To get involved, contact jwilson@safestreets.org.

Champion of Character and Keys of Character Award Program

This program is brought to you by Safe Streets. The Champion of Character Award program was created to recognize individuals displaying the inward motivation to do what is right, whatever the cost.

What qualifies someone to be chosen as a Champion of Character?

A Champion of Character is a person or persons over the age of 18 who exhibit one or more, of the 49-character qualities recognized by the Kansas Character Recognition Council of Topeka, Shawnee County. Awardees under the age of 18 are presented with a Keys of Character Award. The nominees’ actions must have significantly contributed to the health, safety, and quality of life in our community.

When is the Champion of Character Award made?

Champion of Character and Keys of Character Awards are presented during the Safe Street Coalition meetings on the first Wednesday of the month.

Who can nominate a Champion of Character?

Safe Streets encourages any resident of Topeka or Shawnee County, Kansas to submit a Champion of Character nomination form to nominate an individual or group of individuals for a Champion of Character or a Keys of Character award.

How do I nominate a Champion of Character?

Nominations can be submitted by completing this Champion or Keys of Character nomination form.

Topeka Retailers Association

The Topeka Retailers Association is a group of Topeka and Shawnee County Retail loss/asset prevention workers whose goal is to reduce crime and theft in Topeka, Shawnee County, and the surrounding areas.

When are the Topeka Retailers Association meetings held?

The meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month at 3:00 pm. Please refer to our Calendar of Events for meeting dates and details.

What type of activities does a Topeka Retailers Association meeting involve?

The purpose of this meeting is to share information about individuals and groups committing retail theft in Topeka, Shawnee County, and the surrounding areas. At each meeting, the Topeka Police Department provide crime and community updates. Participants are given the opportunity to ask questions and to share information with fellow participants and TPD.

Who can participate in the Topeka Retailers Association meetings?

Any retail loss/asset prevention workers in Topeka, Shawnee County, and the surrounding areas are welcome to attend the monthly meetings. Due to the nature of the information shared at these meetings, a Confidentiality Agreement is required to be signed by all new participants at their first meeting.

Investigative Financial Organization (IFO)

The Investigative Financial Organization is a group of Topeka and Shawnee County financial institutions staff whose goal is to reduce fraud and financial crimes in Topeka, Shawnee County, and the surrounding areas.

What type of activities does the IFO meeting involve?

The purpose of this meeting is to share information about individuals and groups committing fraud and financial crimes in Topeka, Shawnee County, and the surrounding areas. At each meeting, the Topeka Police Department Fraud Detectives provide financial crime and community updates. Participants are given the opportunity to ask questions and to share information with fellow participants and TPD Detectives.

When are the IFO meetings held?

The 2021 IFO Meetings will not be held in person. The information from the meetings is sent out monthly via email to group members on the third Thursday of each month. The IFO and Topeka Retailers Association join forces each quarter and have a joint quarterly meeting. The joint quarterly meetings are held in March, June, September, and December each year. Please refer to our Calendar of Events for upcoming meeting dates and
details.

Who can participate in the IFO meetings?

Any Financial Institution Fraud prevention staff in Topeka, Shawnee County, and the surrounding areas are welcome to attend the monthly meetings. Due to the nature of the information shared at these meetings, a Confidentiality Agreement is required to be signed by all new participants at their first meeting.

Efforts in the

COMMUNITY

Community opportunities to assist, recognize, and empower our community members.

Safe Streets Coalition

Safe Streets Coalition is a group of citizens whose goal is to reduce crime and substance abuse by working together to make Topeka, the Safest Community in America.

When are the Safe Streets Coalition meetings held?

The meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month. Please refer to our Calendar of Events for meeting dates and details.

What type of activities does a Safe Streets Coalition meeting involve?

At each meeting, Topeka Police Department and the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office provide crime statistics and community updates from their respective agencies. Participants are given the opportunity to ask questions of speakers. PARS Topeka (the meeting facilitators and hosts) give updates about Safe Streets activities. Generally, most meetings feature a topic of interest and guest speaker(s), or panel discussion, or interactive work groups to address community services, concerns, and/or issues. Each participant is given the opportunity to provide suggestions for future topics, meeting feedback, and an evaluation of the topic(s) and speaker(s) through an evaluation after the meeting.

Who can participate in the Safe Streets Coalition meetings?

The Safe Streets Coalition meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend. An email invitation with an RSVP date and instructions and meeting details is sent out ahead of time to Coalition members. We also put reminders and additional posts on our Safe Streets Coalition Facebook page.

What is a Neighborhood Watch?

A Neighborhood Watch is neighbors meeting to discuss ways to make their neighborhood safer and reduce crime. This program is designed to increase the safety and sense of community in neighborhoods by organizing and involving individuals and families in a united crime prevention effort.

When are Neighborhood Watch meetings held?

Neighborhood watch meetings may be held monthly, quarterly, annually, or when the neighborhood wants to discuss issues.

What type of activities are involved in the Neighborhood Watch Program?

Each neighborhood plans their own activities including their National Night Out event.

Who can participate in Neighborhood Watch meetings?

A neighborhood watch can be a stand-alone group, or it can be part of a neighborhood association or neighborhood improvement association. A Neighborhood Watch can be formed around any geographical unit, a block, apartment, public housing complex, homeowners’ association, gated communities, neighborhood improvement associations or retirement complexes. To get involved, contact jwilson@safestreets.org.

Champion of Character and Keys of Character Award Program

This program is brought to you by Safe Streets. The Champion of Character Award program was created to recognize individuals displaying the inward motivation to do what is right, whatever the cost.

What qualifies someone to be chosen as a Champion of Character?

A Champion of Character is a person or persons over the age of 18 who exhibit one or more, of the 49-character qualities recognized by the Kansas Character Recognition Council of Topeka, Shawnee County. Awardees under the age of 18 are presented with a Keys of Character Award. The nominees’ actions must have significantly contributed to the health, safety, and quality of life in our community.

When is the Champion of Character Award made?

Champion of Character and Keys of Character Awards are presented during the Safe Street Coalition meetings on the first Wednesday of the month.

Who can nominate a Champion of Character?

Safe Streets encourages any resident of Topeka or Shawnee County, Kansas to submit a Champion of Character nomination form to nominate an individual or group of individuals for a Champion of Character or a Keys of Character award.

How do I nominate a Champion of Character?

Nominations can be submitted by completing this Champion or Keys of Character nomination form.

Topeka Retailers Association

The Topeka Retailers Association is a group of Topeka and Shawnee County Retail loss/asset prevention workers whose goal is to reduce crime and theft in Topeka, Shawnee County, and the surrounding areas.

When are the Topeka Retailers Association meetings held?

The meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month at 3:00 pm. Please refer to our Calendar of Events for meeting dates and details.

What type of activities does a Topeka Retailers Association meeting involve?

The purpose of this meeting is to share information about individuals and groups committing retail theft in Topeka, Shawnee County, and the surrounding areas. At each meeting, the Topeka Police Department provide crime and community updates. Participants are given the opportunity to ask questions and to share information with fellow participants and TPD.

Who can participate in the Topeka Retailers Association meetings?

Any retail loss/asset prevention workers in Topeka, Shawnee County, and the surrounding areas are welcome to attend the monthly meetings. Due to the nature of the information shared at these meetings, a Confidentiality Agreement is required to be signed by all new participants at their first meeting.

Investigative Financial Organization (IFO)

The Investigative Financial Organization is a group of Topeka and Shawnee County financial institutions staff whose goal is to reduce fraud and financial crimes in Topeka, Shawnee County, and the surrounding areas.

What type of activities does the IFO meeting involve?

The purpose of this meeting is to share information about individuals and groups committing fraud and financial crimes in Topeka, Shawnee County, and the surrounding areas. At each meeting, the Topeka Police Department Fraud Detectives provide financial crime and community updates. Participants are given the opportunity to ask questions and to share information with fellow participants and TPD Detectives.

When are the IFO meetings held?

The 2021 IFO Meetings will not be held in person. The information from the meetings is sent out monthly via email to group members on the third Thursday of each month. The IFO and Topeka Retailers Association join forces each quarter and have a joint quarterly meeting. The joint quarterly meetings are held in March, June, September, and December each year. Please refer to our Calendar of Events for upcoming meeting dates and
details.

Who can participate in the IFO meetings?

Any Financial Institution Fraud prevention staff in Topeka, Shawnee County, and the surrounding areas are welcome to attend the monthly meetings. Due to the nature of the information shared at these meetings, a Confidentiality Agreement is required to be signed by all new participants at their first meeting.

Interactive

PRESENTATIONS

Our free presentations vary in length from 30 minutes to 3-hour sessions.

Social Media Awareness and Safety

This presentation is designed to increase social media awareness to help you support our community youth and protect them from potential predators and human trafficking. In this presentation, you will learn:

  • ACE’s, trauma, stress responses, and potential life impacts.
  • Teen brain development and decision making.
  • Exploitation of vulnerability for at-risk youth.
  • Signs and red flags to watch out for.
  • How to handle and report the situation if you suspect social grooming via social media.

Presentation Details

  • Duration: Available as either a 60-minute presentation or a 90-minute presentation, based on your needs.
  • Number of participants: We offer this presentation to any number of participants. Multiple sessions may be booked as needed.
  • Minimum and Maximum Number of participants per session:
    • Minimum of 4 participants is required.
    • Online Zoom Presentation - Maximum 20 participants per session.
    • Face-to-Face in person presentation - Maximum of 8 participants per session.
  • Cost: No charge.
  • Target Audience: Adults (Ages 21+).
  • CEU’s: No continuing education units are provided for this presentation.
Interactive

PRESENTATIONS

Our free presentations vary in length from 30 minutes to 3-hour sessions.

Social Media Awareness and Safety

This presentation is designed to increase social media awareness to help you support our community youth and protect them from potential predators and human trafficking. In this presentation, you will learn:

  • ACE’s, trauma, stress responses, and potential life impacts.
  • Teen brain development and decision making.
  • Exploitation of vulnerability for at-risk youth.
  • Signs and red flags to watch out for.
  • How to handle and report the situation if you suspect social grooming via social media.

Presentation Details

  • Duration: Available as either a 60-minute presentation or a 90-minute presentation, based on your needs.
  • Number of participants: We offer this presentation to any number of participants. Multiple sessions may be booked as needed.
  • Minimum and Maximum Number of participants per session:
    • Minimum of 4 participants is required.
    • Online Zoom Presentation - Maximum 20 participants per session.
    • Face-to-Face in person presentation - Maximum of 8 participants per session.
  • Cost: No charge.
  • Target Audience: Adults (Ages 21+).
  • CEU’s: No continuing education units are provided for this presentation.

TRAINING

Our training classes vary in length from 3-hour to 8-hour sessions.

Safe Property Management

This training is ideal for apartment/rental property managers, property maintenance workers, landlords, and those considering becoming a landlord. Join Safe Streets and our community partners for an eight hour long (8 hour) training course comprised of important, up to date information on issues affecting you as rental property owners, managers, and workers. This training course, brings in subject matter experts from the following areas:

  • Property Maintenance (Code Enforcement)
  • CPTED – Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
  • Narcotics Recognition
  • Animal Control
  • Legal Issues, and more

Training Details

  • Duration: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
  • Register for this class: Please refer to our Calendar of Events for training class
    dates, details, and registration form.
  • Minimum and Maximum Number of participants per session:
    • Minimum of 3 participants is required.
    • Online Zoom Presentation - Maximum 20 participants per class.
    • Face-to-Face in person presentation, maximum of 8 participants per class.
    • Group bookings: Multiple training classes can be added to accommodate all participants as needed. Please complete the Training Request form, below.
  • Cost: $35 per person.
  • Payment Due: Payment must be received one week prior to the class training date.
  • Payment Method(s) accepted: Cash, Money Order, or Credit Card (An additional 3% processing fee is added to credit card transactions).
  • Target Audience: Adults (Ages 18+).
  • CEU’s/Certification: No continuing education is provided for this training course. A Certificate of Completion is provided on the day of training, at the end of the day.

Building Resiliency

This class is designed to increase knowledge of what resiliency is, the need for resiliency, and to help professionals build resiliency not only for themselves, but also in their clients and the client’s family.

Training Details

  • Duration: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Register for this class: Please refer to our Calendar of Events for training class dates, details, and registration form.
  • Minimum and Maximum Number of participants per session:
    • Minimum of 3 participants is required.
    • Online Zoom Presentation - Maximum 20 participants per class.
    • Face-to-Face in person presentation, maximum of 8 participants per class.
    • Group bookings: Multiple training classes can be added to accommodate all participants as needed. Please complete the Training Request form, below.
  • Cost: $50.00 per person.
  • Payment Method(s) accepted: Cash, Money Order, or Credit Card (An additional 3% processing fee is added to credit card transactions).
  • Target Audience: Adults (Ages 18+).
  • CEU’s/Certification: 6.25 hours of continuing education provided.

TRAINING

Our training classes vary in length from 3-hour to 8-hour sessions.

Safe Property Management

This training is ideal for apartment/rental property managers, property maintenance workers, landlords, and those considering becoming a landlord. Join Safe Streets and our community partners for an eight hour long (8 hour) training course comprised of important, up to date information on issues affecting you as rental property owners, managers, and workers. This training course, brings in subject matter experts from the following areas:

  • Property Maintenance (Code Enforcement)
  • CPTED – Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
  • Narcotics Recognition
  • Animal Control
  • Legal Issues, and more

Training Details

  • Duration: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
  • Register for this class: Please refer to our Calendar of Events for training class
    dates, details, and registration form.
  • Minimum and Maximum Number of participants per session:
    • Minimum of 3 participants is required.
    • Online Zoom Presentation - Maximum 20 participants per class.
    • Face-to-Face in person presentation, maximum of 8 participants per class.
    • Group bookings: Multiple training classes can be added to accommodate all participants as needed. Please complete the Training Request form, below.
  • Cost: $35 per person.
  • Payment Due: Payment must be received one week prior to the class training date.
  • Payment Method(s) accepted: Cash, Money Order, or Credit Card (An additional 3% processing fee is added to credit card transactions).
  • Target Audience: Adults (Ages 18+).
  • CEU’s/Certification: No continuing education is provided for this training course. A Certificate of Completion is provided on the day of training, at the end of the day.

Building Resiliency

This class is designed to increase knowledge of what resiliency is, the need for resiliency, and to help professionals build resiliency not only for themselves, but also in their clients and the client’s family.

Training Details

  • Duration: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Register for this class: Please refer to our Calendar of Events for training class dates, details, and registration form.
  • Minimum and Maximum Number of participants per session:
    • Minimum of 3 participants is required.
    • Online Zoom Presentation - Maximum 20 participants per class.
    • Face-to-Face in person presentation, maximum of 8 participants per class.
    • Group bookings: Multiple training classes can be added to accommodate all participants as needed. Please complete the Training Request form, below.
  • Cost: $50.00 per person.
  • Payment Method(s) accepted: Cash, Money Order, or Credit Card (An additional 3% processing fee is added to credit card transactions).
  • Target Audience: Adults (Ages 18+).
  • CEU’s/Certification: 6.25 hours of continuing education provided.

Services

Our free services are provided to assist and empower our community members.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Inspection

A Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) property inspection is aimed at the deterrence of criminal and illegal activity by addressing property safety and security measures such as lighting, landscaping, fences, locks, security and alarms, maintenance, and security check lists.

What is the purpose of a CPTED inspection?

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) inspections are conducted to help identify potential property safety and security issues, and to assist in the prevention of criminal and illegal activity.

Who can book a CPTED inspection?

Any apartments, business or faith community of Topeka or Shawnee County is welcome to book a CPTED inspection.

How much does a CPTED inspection cost?

This service is offered free of charge to apartments, business owners, and faith communities in the Topeka and Shawnee County area.

Is any certification given for having a CPTED inspection done?

No certification is given for a CPTED inspection. CEU’s are not offered for CPTED inspections or presentations.

Mediation Services

Mediation is an informal, but structured process in which an impartial third party assists disputants in talking about the conflict and in negotiating a resolution that addresses the needs and interests of the parties. Mediation is intended to be a win-win solution where parties make decisions together, it is confidential and neutral.

What is the purpose of a Mediation?

The purpose of the mediation session is to reach an agreement accepted by both parties that will help solve the initial conflict.

Who can book a Mediation?

Anyone from Topeka or Shawnee County is welcome to request a Mediation, this service is specific to neighbor’s conflicts.

How much does a Mediation cost?

One session of mediation is offered free of charge to residents in the Topeka and Shawnee County area.

Is any certification given for having a Mediation?

When both parties reach an agreement, both parties keep a copy of the form.

How do I request a Mediation service?

Please complete the following PARS Topeka Service Request Form or if you prefer contact Irene Caballero at ICaballero@SafeStreets.org (785) 266.4606 ext. 308.