The community policing unit (CPU), also referred to as a community outreach vehicle, is either a trailer or vehicle that is used to create trust and reliance between an organization (like the local police department) and the public.
The CPU allows police officers or any other safety professional to share their crime prevention and security information directly with the community.
Commonly used at schools, community celebrations, county fairs and other local events, CPUs are ideal for police departments, hospitals, insurance companies, home security companies—to name but a few.
The goal is to use the vehicle as a mobile classroom to share valuable and sometimes life-saving information with the community. For example, a CPU can be used for medication safety and drug take back programs, fingerprint cards and/or child ID kits, car seat safety and recall checks, safe driving simulations (impaired/distracted driving awareness), registration for emergency or severe weather alerts or product demonstrations (like security systems).
Visitors will learn safety tips and how to apply it to their everyday lives.