Community Services Unit

Take a Bite out of CrimeThe Dennis Police Department Crime Prevention Unit consists of a sergeant and two officers who also perform patrol duties on either the day or evening shifts. These officers are assigned to geographical areas to work with citizens of that area to assist in the development and advising of Neighborhood Watch Associations. Additionally these officers are assigned specific duties of support to such collaborative efforts as TRIAD, National Night Out and Project 365.

Our Crime Prevention Officers also provide local businesses with crime prevention seminars, which include Personal Safety, Violence in the Work Place, Drugs in the Work Place, Gun Safety and Homeland Security. As part of their education, the Crime Prevention officers receive training in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). With this training, they are often called upon to review security issues with Dennis businesses.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH - Preventing crime in our community is the shared responsibility of the police and the citizens of Dennis. Neighborhood Watch has been entrusted with the responsibility of empowering the residents of Dennis to keep their neighborhoods safe. Safe neighborhoods and crime prevention is our challenge and our goal.


  • Neighborhood Watch training
  • Operation IDENTIFICATION to engrave personal items for easy identification.
  • Assistance with home security surveys
  • Program literature
  • Neighborhood crime statistics
  • Participation in National Night Out
  • Crime Alert bulletins
  • Block Watch creation and maintenance
  • Training to provide knowledgeable crime prevention techniques to our community.


RAPE AGGRESSION DEFENSIVE (RAD) - The Rape Aggression Defense System training is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. Components of the program include (1) awareness; (2) prevention; (3) risk reduction; (4) risk avoidance and (5) basics of hands-on defense training. For further information contact department instructors, Officer Matthew SwettOfficer Krista Wunderlich, or Officer Bill Sullivan or go to the RAD website.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Sergeant Kenneth Gelnett CSU Sergeant - Firearms Instructor, Accident Reconstruction (774) 352-1515
Officer Richard Provencher Patrol - Community Services Officer (774) 352-1526