Policing is both a philosophy and an organizational strategy that
allows police and community residents to work closely together in
ways to solve the problems of crime, fear of crime, physical and
social disorders, and neighborhood decay.
of Community Policing
Maintain or increase public confidence in the
Decrease fear of crime.
Listen to and address citizen concerns.
Bring community resources together to solve
Impact specific crime problems.
Reduce repetitive calls
Educate the public about
its police department
Community policing is, in
essence, collaboration between the police and the community that
identifies and solves community problems. With the police no longer
the sole guardians of law and order, all members of the community
become active allies in the effort to enhance the safety and quality
of neighborhoods. Community policing has far-reaching implications.
The expanded outlook on crime control and prevention, the new
emphasis on making community members active participants in the
process of problem solving, and the patrol officers' pivotal role in
community policing require profound changes within the police
organization. The neighborhood patrol officer, backed by the police
organization, helps community members mobilize support and resources
to solve problems and enhance their quality of life. Community
members voice their concerns, contribute advice, and take action to
address these concerns. Creating a constructive partnership will
require the energy, creativity, understanding, and patience of all
is essential if we are to deter crime and create more vital
neighborhoods. In some communities, it will take time to break down
barriers of apathy and mistrust so that meaningful partnerships can
be forged. Trust is the value that underlies and links the
components of community partnership and problem solving. A
foundation of trust will allow police to form close relationships
with the community that will produce solid achievements. Without
trust between police and citizens, effective policing is impossible.
The department’s commitment to community
oriented policing is reflected daily in special projects, the
working partnerships with the community and the day-to-day work of
the officers. During 1999 the department continued the integration
and blending of its community policing programs into the overall
safety strategy for the campus community. The department
successfully competed and received a U.S. Department of Justice COPS
More Grant for development of our Community Policing Initiative and
illustrates our commitment to the best possible service at the least
cost to the citizen.
The Community Policing Team
DETECTIVE C.J. HARPER: Over sees and coordinates the COPS
program and community policing initiatives.
POLICE OFFICER SANDY JOACHIM: Directs
the efforts of the JPVD in school orientated programming