Police Department's Role
Community policing shifts the role of the beat officer and his first level supervisor from the incident driven law enforcer, to problem solver and facilitator. Enforcement tactics are not eliminated, rather the tools available to officers are greatly expanded.
A focus of Community Policing is problem solving. The police department still responds to emergencies. However, many of the calls to the police department are not law enforcement related. This type of call is better handled by other agencies. As the number of these non-emergency calls decrease:
- Officers are able to spend more time working with citizens to solve crime and disorder problems.
- With better offer-citizen communication, officers can more effectively use and share crime information with the community.
- Officers who know both a community's problems and its residents can link people with other public and private agencies that can help solve community concerns.
- No single agency can solve complex social problems alone. A combined community and police department effort restore the safety of our neighborhoods and business districts.
Community Based Police Programs
Here is a listing of our community based volunteer programs that we offer to our residents. If you are intertested in learning more about how Police Service works, what we do, how you can get involved, how you can volunteer your time, encourage youth to make a difference, or to fight crime, we have something for you, Click on the logo for more information about your program of interest!