Crime Prevention- COPPS

The Crime Prevention unit or "Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving" (COPPS) is composed of one officer who is responsible for coodinating 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:


Ofc. Frank Petersen- (510) 337-8387 or email: