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    RPOA & GRPD Announce New Landlord Crime Prevention Program

    The Rental Property Owners Association (RPOA) of Kent County and Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) announced the creation of the Landlord Crime Prevention Certification Program (LCPCP).  The semi-annual, three-hour workshop will provide landlords with the information and resources necessary to proactively prevent illegal activity at their properties.  The inaugural program will take place on Tuesday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to noon at the RPOA office training room located at 1459 Michigan St. NE.

    “Owning properties in low-crime or crime-free neighborhoods results in less property damage, longer tenancies and enhanced profitability,” said Clay Powell, executive director of the RPOA of Kent County.

    Program topics will include tenant screening and evictions, leveraging neighborhood crime prevention programs, working with police as well as utilizing environmental and architectural standards to reduce crime.

    “One of the most effective ways to eliminate crime in a neighborhood is through the collaboration between citizens, landlords and the police,” said GRPD community police officer Neil Gomez.  “While the police department and other government agencies have important roles to play in crime prevention, local citizens, neighborhood associations, real estate investors and landlords can make the biggest impact.”

    RPOA executive director Clay Powell and Grand Rapids police officers Shelly Weiss and Neil Gomez will instruct the course.  Since space is limited, advance registration is required.  RPOA members can register for $25, nonmembers $35, by visiting: https://rpoaonline.org/events/landlord-crime-prevention-certification-2/.

    The LCPCP is a partnership between the RPOA of Kent County, the GRPD, the Southwest Area Neighbors Association and the Heritage Hill Neighborhood Association.  The program is modeled after various programs throughout the country.

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