Launched in April 2012, the Novato Response Team (NRT) is a proactive, problem oriented policing team, with the flexibility to engage in emerging challenges. Funded by a U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) hiring grant and Measure F dollars, NRT is able to facilitate enhanced interdepartmental efforts and be a leader in executing integrated, proactive services for crime prevention and targeted enforcement programs. This includes building programs with apartment complex managers and other multi-family housing units, as well as focusing on school safety, gang and drug activities, and homelessness.
NRT consists of a corporal, two officers, and a management analyst. In addition to working with other law enforcement agencies, the team regularly collaborates with numerous community organizations including: local businesses and non-profits as well as other city and county departments such as code enforcement, public works, and health and human services.
Below are a few highlights of the NRT’s community involvement:
Crime Free Multi-Housing Program
The Crime Free Multi-Housing program is recognized worldwide as the leading crime prevention program targeted at reducing crime, drugs, and gangs in multi-unit housing properties. Novato launched the program in 2014 and it is the first of its kind in Marin County. The benefits of becoming a “Crime Free” property are endless: more stable, satisfied residents, lower maintenance costs and insurance rates, and increased property values. For more information on the program and the steps one needs to take to become certified, visit: http://www.crime-free-association.org/multi-housing.htm.
Over the last two years, the Novato Police Department has certified ten properties. Many others are in the process of completing their safety improvements and will soon join the crime-free community. The following properties are members of the City’s Crime Free Multi-Housing Program*:
- Wyndover Apartments
- Warner Creek Apartments
- Marion Park Apartments
- Pacheco Villas
- 1221 Vallejo Avenue
- 815 Sweetser Avenue
- 1100 Fourth Street
- 1033 Sixth Street
- 1048 Seventh Street
- 1052 Seventh Street
- La Casa Apartments
- The Villas at Hamilton
(*As of April 2015)
The Novato Police Department is proud to work with code enforcement staff and the Novato Fire District to partner with the community and provide hands-on safety and prevention techniques. The Department is pleased to offer regular trainings for property managers on a variety of topics including: lease agreements, eviction and resident screening issues, and how to properly deal with criminal activity.
If you are interested in attending a future crime free class, please call (415) 897-4361.
G.R.E.A.T Officer Program
The goal of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T) program is to help youth develop positive life skills that will help them avoid gang involvement and violent behavior. G.R.E.A.T. uses a holistic approach to combat risk factors associated with youth involvement in gang-related behaviors. Teachings, exercises, and program length varies depending upon the age group; the program consists of an elementary, middle, and after school or summer component. The lessons included in each curriculum are interactive and allow students to practice positive behaviors. This program was launched in select Novato schools in February 2015.
Education & Outreach
NRT offers presentations and tips to community members and groups about a wide variety of topics: crime trends, general safety tips, and CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) improvements. Recent presentation topics include tips on vehicle theft prevention, evading elder abuse scams, and identity theft. NRT also offers “Active Shooter” trainings to schools and local businesses.