Cool Down Hot Springs is a response to national increases in violent crime rates, a trend that has begun to hit close to home. As a part of this campaign, the goal for the Hot Springs Police Department (HSPD) is to help make information available not only regarding services provided by the HSPD, but also for other local, regional, statewide and national resources. This includes hotlines and local resources for domestic abuse, counseling, criminal justice, legal services, mental health, and so much more. Click here for the Cool Down Hot Springs webpage.
Lock It or Lose It is a campaign used by municipalities across the U.S., which the HSPD is enacting to raise civilian awareness to the importance of removing valuables from and locking parked vehicles. The key message is that even though no one wants to be a victim of crime, you are greatly increasing your chance of being a theft-from-vehicle victim if you leave your purse, computer, tools or other valuable items in your car or truck.
Surprise Police report that approximately 60 percent of all thefts from vehicles are the result of people leaving their car doors unlocked or leaving items of value in the car where would-be thieves can easily spot them. If thieves can see it, they will steal it. By simply locking the doors of your vehicle and by taking valuable items with you or hiding them in a locked trunk, you can dramatically reduce the risk of being a crime victim.
Police also remind drivers that home garages are for parking vehicles, not for storage. By removing your vehicle from the street or driveway, you lessen the chances of a thief breaking in to steal a car stereo, or even the entire vehicle. Click here for the HSPD Lock It or Lose It webpage.
Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide initiative under the U.S. Department of Justice that brings together federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and community leaders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.
In coordination with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Arkansas, Hot Springs is the first municipality in the district to utilize Project Safe Neighborhoods.
Flashing Red. Kids Ahead. is a campaign shared by the Arkansas Department of Education's Division of Elementary and Secondary Education as a reminder to everyone about the responsibility to ensure students arrive to and from school safely. This includes being mindful of student safety when approaching school buses.
Through the Flashing Red. Kids Ahead. school bus safety campaign, the Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Association of Pupil Transportation, and Arkansas School Bus Mechanics Association remind educators, parents, school bus drivers, and community leaders to obey all traffic laws whenever they are near a school bus. It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus whenever its red lights are flashing, as students are present. The fines, penalties and punishment for anyone found guilty of illegally passing a stopped school bus were increased dramatically by Act 2128 of 2005, also known as Isaac’s Law.
Help keep our students safe! Remember: Flashing Red. Kids Ahead.
Pedestrian Safety is extremely important, especially in a tourist town like Hot Springs. Whether you’re a concerned resident, a parent or a caregiver, you want to do everything you can to make sure you, your loved ones and your neighbors can enjoy walking safely in your community.
"Every year 6,000 pedestrians are killed and another 90,000 are injured on our nation’s roadways. A pedestrian or bicyclist is killed every 3 1/2 minutes resulting in more than $20 billion in societal costs."
- Impact Recovery Systems
Drug Disposal is a nationwide effort headed by the U.S. Department of Justice's Drug Enforcement Administration under which the Hot Springs Police Department and some surrounding law enforcement locations offer a way for local citizens to remove unwanted drugs from their homes. In the lobby of the HSPD, there is a container specifically for collection of unneeded or expired medications. For permanent drop off locations, visit Arkansas Take Back.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Click It or Ticket is a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign aimed at increasing the use of seat belts among young people in the United States.
No matter what type of vehicle you drive, wearing your seat belt is the best defense against impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers. Even if your car has airbags, the safest way to ride is properly buckled up. Always place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from your neck, and place the lap belt across your hips, not your stomach. You should never put the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm. When purchasing a new car, be sure to check that its seat belts fit you. And remember: every trip, every time, buckle up.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over focuses on law enforcement and their goal to stop drunk drivers.