Our agency has been on the cutting edge of new policing technologies and strategies. We have embraced officer-worn body cameras for years and our program has served as a model for agencies nationwide and in fact, has received worldwide media attention. We have outfitted cruisers with AED units to help save lives and we've introduced new comprehensive training concepts covering incidents from active shooter scenarios to dealing with mentally ill persons.
Partnerships with the community are vital to keeping Laurel safe. There is added emphasis on community policing initiatives and a Chief's Citizen Advisory Board to provide valuable feedback and suggestions from the citizens. Also, during the construction of our new state-of-the-art police station, we pushed to add the Partnership Activity Center to strengthen our bond with the community through a shared space for activities. We've also taken to new avenues to communicate with and relay important messages to our service area, including Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor.
Laurel is also a thriving business town, and we've seen an increase in new development recently such as the Towne Centre at Laurel. Our police officers know how important it is to create a safe environment for residents and visitors who visit local eateries and shops. So from stepping up movie theatre security to conducting focused patrols and security surveys, we regularly collaborate with business leaders, school principals, and members of the clergy to make sure Laurel remains a premier destination for work, play, and live.