Programs at the Police Department
Watertown D.A.S.H.- This is an initiative with the police department that stands for Drug Free, Alcohol Free, Safe & Healthy and the mission is "To challenge community partnerships to lead by example and to empower Watertown youth to choose to live healthy and positive lifestyles". No greater good can be done by helping children live happy and fulfilling lives. Watertown DASH hosts and sponsors safe and healthy activities for the kids and promotes family oriented events. Being present in children's lives plays a huge factor in their lives.
Citizens' Police Academy - An interactive program that focuses on educating citizens about the police department’s mission, function, practices, and processes. The Citizens’ Police Academy brings the police and the community close together in a setting that offers a sample of police training to each participant. This Academy meets one evening each week for 13 weeks and is held each spring and fall.
Safety Patrol- The Watertown Police Department recently joined together with the Watertown School District to implement a nationally recognized program called “Safety Patrol” at three local elementary schools. As part of this pilot program, a handful of 5th and 6th grade students at Roosevelt, Jefferson, and McKinley schools received special training to become members of the Safety Patrol.
Car Seat Program- This is an ongoing program funded by the state of South Dakota. Its purpose it is put a youth safety car seat in every vehicle needing one. The department provides distribution and training for properly installing the seats. The department sets up clinics to check for the proper installation of vehicles with youth safety seats in them.
Bicycle Safety Program- Watertown police assist each year in the annual safety inspection and licensing of bikes at all of the grades school. This program checks the lights, reflectors, brakes and the general condition of the bikes. This information is sent home with the youth for the parents to make any needed repairs on the bikes. The Police Department has distributed bike helmets throughout the community in association with the Trial Lawyers Association. Watertown Bike Patrol has been involved in the community for the past two years and ride on bike paths, in the community, and at special events.
Ride Along Program - The Watertown Police Department offers individuals who have a genuine interest in law enforcement the chance to experience it first hand by participating in our ride-along program. Anyone interested in participating may contact the Watertown Police Department for more information. Most applicants will be allowed to participate and after a brief orientation and signing a waiver of liability will be allowed to ride along for a designated time with a police officer. If interested, complete the Ride Along Form.