At the Meridian Police Department, we place an emphasis on community policing because we believe is vital to our success as a public safety agency. Community policing is a strategy that helps us to build trust and establish relationships with our local government, non-profit and other organizations, small businesses, and most importantly, our citizens.
When not responding to calls for service, members of the Meridian Police Department can be found volunteering at various community events throughout the year. Explore the stories below to learn just some of the ways we give back to our community.
SHOP WITH A COP
Every year, our officers volunteer to participate in the Ada County Sheriff's Employee Association Shop with a Sheriff event. This event is designed to unite local public safety employees with disadvantaged children for a special day of shopping. This event provides a unique opportunity for police officers and kids to interact and break down the barriers that often exist to build a better, more trusting relationship between law enforcement and children.
PUBLIC SAFETY ACADEMY
The Public Safety Academy is a five (5) week course and is an educational experience like no other. After enrolling in the academy, citizens will learn the "ins and outs" of the Meridian Police Department and Meridian Fire Department. Topics include SWAT demonstrations, information on how detectives collect evidence, the opportunity to drive a patrol car, and so much more!
YOUTH SAFETY ACADEMY
The Youth Safety Academy is an annual five (5) day interactive course for students in the Meridian area. The students learn about many aspects of the Meridian Police Department, plus a tour of the Ada County Jail and Dispatch Center. Participants have many opportunities to experience what it is like to be a police officer including flying a police drone, trying on SWAT gear, detaining a "suspect" in handcuffs and a restraint device and process a simulated crime scene. For more information on the Youth Safety Academy or to sign up for activities like these, follow us on Facebook or check out the Meridian Crime Prevention team.
For the past three (3) years, the Consulate of Mexico and local law enforcement agencies have partnered to host an annual soccer tournament with the focus of connecting Treasure Valley's Hispanic community to domestic violence resources.
THE CONSULATE OF MEXICO SOCCER GAME
TREASURE VALLEY YOUTH SAFETY SUMMIT
Every year, the Meridian Mayor's Youth Advisory Council hosts the Treasure Valley's Youth Safety Summit at Wahooz Family Fun Zone. While it might look like all fun and games, the activities are actually focused on prevention. Each event is used as a tool to educate students on the potential consequences of their actions through various activities, like texting while driving a go-kart or attempting to play a round of mini-golf while wearing intoxicated vision goggles. In 2019, members of the School Resource Officer and Traffic teams interacted with more than two hundred (200) high school students from all over Idaho.
Every year, members from of the Meridian Police Department join together to tackle the over three (3) mile Spartan Sprint Obstacle Course race at Thomas Pence Ranch in Payette, Idaho. Described as one (1) of the more challenging sprint courses available, MPD team members must come together and support each other to successfully navigate this difficult course. The Spartan race is a fun and memorable team-building event that also serves as a friendly reminder on just how important physical fitness is for a career in law enforcement.
TIPTOW FIRE TRUCK PULL
Members of the Meridian Police Department competed in the 4th Annual TIPTOW Fire Truck pull at Eagle Fun Days. The MPD crew competed against 7 other teams to see who can pull a fire truck 100 feet the fastest. We are proud to say the Meridian Police Department took 1st place in the competition pulling the fire truck 100 feet in just over 15 seconds!
SPARKLIGHT MOVIE NIGHT AT SETTLER'S PARK
Sparklight Movie Night is a FREE summer event. On Friday evenings throughout the summer families, friends and neighbors come together with blankets, lawn chairs and snacks to enjoy a family friendly movie on a giant outdoor movie screen in the middle of Settler's Park. Members of the Meridian Police Department are often seen at the park for Movie Night because it is a great way for the officers to connect with the community. CLICK HERE for more information about Sparklight Movie Night.