In keeping with the Department’s commitment to make officers more accessible to the public, the bike patrol unit patrolled the downtown area, traversing congested traffic to answer calls for service and assisting with special events such as Navy football games and the 4th of July celebrations.
Another successful program that the Annapolis Police Department became involved in was the Drug Abuse Resistance Educations (DARE) program. This is an international substance prevention program based in the fifth grade in all Anne Arundel County Schools. Uniformed police officers became full-time school teachers to help children resist the temptation of drugs. The curriculum is copyrighted and closely monitored for accurate presentation. This program is an investment in the future of Annapolis through its children.
Under Chief Johnson’s command, the Department encourages community involvement and increased crime prevention efforts through a rejuvenated Neighborhood Watch Program. The program has great success with participation from 65 very active neighborhoods. The Department is successfully working toward its mission to establish a stronger rapport with all Annapolis neighborhoods. Members of the Department now actively participate in community events and meetings to answer questions, discuss diverse citizen concerns and receive feedback. Consequently the citizens openly express their feeling of confidence about its relationship with the Annapolis Police Department.
Under Chief Johnson’s command the Department encouraged community involvement and increased crime prevention programs. Members of the Department actively participated in community events and meetings to answer questions, discuss citizen concerns and receive feedback. The Neighborhood Watch Program grew to 66 active neighborhoods along with 5,230 neighborhood watch members. Chief Johnson improved technology, updated equipment and advocated training and leadership development training.