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Williamsburg: Policing Where the Present Meets the Past
Policing Tourist Areas: Working Where Others Play

Policing Tourist Areas: Working Where Others Play

Law enforcement officers who work in tourism towns have a two-fold mission, protecting the locals and protecting the droves of tourists that the locals depend upon for their livelihood and their departments depend upon for operating funds. That may sound crass but law enforcement agencies in destination areas have to be aware of the numbers and what they mean.

July 17, 2014

Crimes Against Tourists

There is a long recognized relationship between tourism and crime. Much of this can be attributed to "vacation behavior," a general carefree attitude that translates into carelessness and leaves the tourist vulnerable.

May 1, 2008

Cheyenne (Wyo.) Police Department

Cheyenne is a city with a relatively low crime rate, averaging one or two homicides a year, and is home to residents who seem to appreciate the work officers do.

August 1, 2006

Sturgis (S.D.) Police Department

Every summer a department of 14 sworn morphs into a large multi-agency police force to accommodate the town’s annual motorcycle rally.

April 1, 2006

Boise (Idaho) Police Department

Clearly, the city needed to pay more attention to recreation on and around the river. In response, over the span of several years, Boise PD added four more full-time bike officers as well as eight school resource officers.

January 1, 2006

Hoover Dam Police Department

On a typical day at Hoover Dam, it is not unusual to observe tourists peering at the world-famous structure through sunglasses.  The sunglasses worn by Hoover Dam police officers provide the same view of the dam, which lies on the Arizona-Nevada border, but with a different perspective.

July 1, 2000

Honolulu Police Department

If you are fortunate to find yourself on a beautiful beach in Waikiki and, for whatever reason, you need police service, who would you call? Contrary to popular belief, it would not be Hawaii 5-0.

June 1, 2000

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