What is "COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING AND PROBLEM SOLVING?"
Strictly speaking, community oriented policing means forging a partnership & relationship between the police & the community to control crime. Problem oriented policing means focusing on a problem & devising a strategy that brings available resources to bear to arrive at a long-term solution.
It means empowering officers at the line level to interact as problem-solvers with those we serve. Management becomes support staff for the efforts of those individuals who are collaborating with residential & business community members to solve problems.
Community Oriented Policing:
- Is a community-based oriented philosophy
- Promotes & requires partnership & two-way communication
- Is proactive
- Encourages problem-solving as a tactic
- Attacks the causes, not symptoms of crime & disorder
- Stresses community participation & empowerment
- Provides police officers opportunity to be valued for their worth, not their rank
- Provides a broader role for line officers to be problem-solvers
- Promotes the development of trust
Community Oriented Policing is not a "program." It is a philosophy about how to do business in a more efficient, productive, & user-friendly way; one that permeates every level of our organization & city government.
Community Oriented Policing strategies & methodologies are designed in such a way as to effectively address those crime trends that our community is experiencing.