Affordable Supplemental Police Patrols

For neighborhoods that do not have a property manager or HOA, individual neighbors or business owners can join the Public Safety Patrol Progam for affordable, supplemental neighborhood police patrols. With this program, members pay a low monthly contribution of $25/month that is pooled to hire off-duty police officers to patrol their homes and neighborhoods at random hours, including daytime and late night burglary hours. Patrol officers address the concerns of the neighborhood and provide a visible police presence in your area. Neighborhood security budgets can also be supplemented or fully funded by sponsorships.

Membership fees and/or sponsorship funds are collected through a management company, Urban Patrols, LLC, and are then applied to purchase as many patrol hours as membership levels and sponsorship funds allow each month. Patrol shifts are scheduled in a minimum of two hour blocks due to travel time for the officers.

Members use our online reporting form to send information to their neighborhood patrol officers about suspicious activity or concerns. It is important to note that this program is a supplement, not a replacement, for the police department, and does not in any way affect your normal neighborhood police patrol activities. Always call 911 for an active incident! If our officers are working in your neighborhood at the time of the 911 call they will hear the call on their police radio and be there immediately to assist. All of our officers will have their radios on at all times during their patrols to listen for any 911 calls or house alarm calls in your area.

The first priority during each shift is to make sure members' properties are secure. The police officers' route consists of the member properties during each shift. All members' properties are checked during each patrol shift unless an unforeseen incident takes the officers' time during that shift. Patrol reports for all shifts worked are provided to members.

Additional Benefits

In addition to having your property specifically checked during each patrol shift, your neighborhood as a whole will have greater police presence and therefore deter criminals from targeting your neighborhood. As your neighborhood increases membership, police patrol hours in your neighborhood also increase. Additionally, more members on a certain block will mean that block receives more time and attention from the officers during every shift as the officers check each member's property.

Aluminum "Police Patrolled" yard signs are available to members to indicate their property is regularly checked by the police and to help the police officers identify their residence as a member of the program. Our "Police Patrolled" signs give criminals one more reason to bypass your property when they are looking for an easy target.

About The Officers

All officers are carefully chosen to be dedicated to improving public safety. They will actively address issues as they arise. Our officers provide a direct line of information to your district officers as well. Whenever possible, we match your neighborhood with officers who already work or live in your area.

Our officers are full-time, off-duty police officers with permission from the police department to work in your neighborhood. They have full police powers and can make arrests, stop speeders, serve warrants and file police reports just as they would during their regular police work.

Only officers trained and certified by the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy are selected to work with our neighborhoods. This intensive training includes emergency response operations, criminal investigation training, physical training, firearms training, vehicle crash investigations, physical tactics, conflict de-escalation, domestic violence response training and much more.

All of our officers are focused on problem solving, maintaining peace and civility in their areas of operation and causing crime reduction. They pro-actively patrol the properties whose protection they are entrusted with and are trained to craft solutions to potential safety threats. The Public Safety Patrol Program only employs those officers who are effective, professional and diplomatic in meeting the needs of our member neighborhoods.

While the officers cannot prevent all crime and most often neighborhoods only hire a few extra hours a day, our neighborhoods have had great success in reducing crime by providing a greater police presence and preventing criminal activity in member neighborhoods across the Indy metro area. Our officers have also had many arrests since we started providing the program in 2010.

Managing Officer

Detective Lauerman’s personal experience includes over twenty-four years on the Indianapolis Metro police force. He worked for ten years as Campus Police at Indiana University Police Department and Indiana University Medical Center, and he also has two years experience early in his career at LaPorte County Sheriff in jail operations and narcotics. He has comprehensive training in the areas of security surveys for campus law enforcement, dignitary protection, special event planning and site security, including specific experience with the Pan Am Games, US Olympic Trials, and Big Ten Swimming, Track and Field Championships. He also has threat assessment training to evaluate and prepare for threats by location and environment, physical buildings and other relevant situational information prior to events taking place.

Detective Lauerman's police experience also includes many years working as a robbery detective, sex crimes detective, aggravated assaults, ERG (Event Response Group training for large events, traffic routing, crowd control) and NIMS (National Incident Management System incident command training to manage critical incidents). The NIMS was developed after 9/11 to help multiple agencies communicate with each other and successfully manage their joint response to catastrophic events such as natural disasters, mass casualties, hazardous material responses or other major incidents that threaten and destabilize communities. He is also trained as a first responder and has other specialty training for domestic violence intervention, cultural sensitivity training and conflict resolution/de-escalation training.