Del Norte County Sheriff's Office launches 'Crime Free Multi-Housing Program'


The Del Norte County Sheriff's Office (DNSO) has announced the launch of a community program designed to reduce crime.

The name of the program is the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program. According to the sheriff's office, it is a "state-of-the-art, crime prevention program designed to reduce crime, drugs and gangs on apartment properties." The DNSO said the program was successfully developed at the Mesa Arizona Police Dept. in 1992 and has spread to nearly 2,000 cities in 48 U.S. states, five Canadian provinces, England, Nigeria and Puerto Rico.

The program consists of three phases that must be completed under the supervision of the local police department. Property managers can become individually certified after completing training in each phase and the property becomes certified upon successful completion of all three phases.

The anticipated benefits are reduced police calls for service, a more stable resident base and reduced exposure to civil liability, DNSO officials said.

Deputies said the goal of the program is to "keep illegal activity off rental property."

The sheriff's office will be holding a free class on Feb. 28 that satisfies the first of the three-phase process. It will take place at the sheriff's office beginning at 9 a.m. and ending no later than 5 p.m. Entrance to the class will be from the G Street side of the sheriff's office.

"We are hoping that property owners and property managers will attend the class we are offering," the DNSO said in a statement.

This class is geared toward property owners and managers of rental properties outside of Crescent City limits, but within Del Norte County. Seats are limited to about 20 participants so be sure to contact DNSO at 707-464-4191 to reserve your spot. Anyone unable to attend this course will have another opportunity, at a time still to be decided by the sheriff's office.

Certificates of completion will be issued after the conclusion of the class.

For more details about DNSO's Crime Free Multi-Housing Program, click here.

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