Crime Prevention- COPPS

The Crime Prevention unit or "Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving" (COPPS) is composed of one officer who is responsible for coordinating Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, Citizen's Academy, Alameda Bike Safety, Community Outreach, APD's social media, (Facebook, NIXLE, Twitter), and has been specially trained in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).


CPTED is a multidisciplinary approach to deterring criminal behavior through environmental improvements. Research into criminal behavior shows that the decision to offend or not to offend is more influenced by cues to the perceived risk of being caught than by cues to reward or ease of entry. Consistent with this research, CPTED based strategies emphasize enhancing the perceived risk of detection and apprehension. If you would like a CPTED evaluation done or more information regarding any other COPPS program, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit.


The COPPS officer also facilitates the Citizen's Police Academy (CPA) which is held annually.  This "training" allows for citizens to experience what Alameda Police personnel deal with on a daily basis.  For more information regarding the CPA, click this link- Citizen's Police Academy

Summer Youth Academy Application

For more information regarding any of the above info, please contact:

Lieutenant Jill Ottaviano


Lieutenant Ottaviano's office hours are Monday through Thursday, from 7:00am to 4:00 pm.  She can be reached at (510) 337-8396 or email:


Effective Jan 1, 2016-

Due to recent retirements, APD is temporarily shutting down the COPPS unit.  Officer Petersen has been re-assigned to patrol and will no longer be able to coordinate Volunteer Events, Neighborhood Watch meetings, building tours, Ride-Alongs, City/Community Meetings, or Community Events.  As a result, APD will try to accommodate any requests received via the COPPS general info line 510-337-8305 or the email: on a case by case request.  Someone will try and respond to you in a timely manner, however, if you need immediate assistance, please call APD’s general information line @510-337-8340 and you will be transferred appropriately.  We will reopen our COPPS Unit when staffing permits. Thank you in advance for your understanding.



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