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Community Oriented Policing Mission

Community Oriented Policing (COP) is a policing philosophy based on several key values and beliefs:

COP considers that the mission of the police is to provide professional, disciplined policing services designed to ensure the safety and security of our community.

COP embraces two key policing strategies:

  • Response to Incidents (R2I)

  • Problem Oriented Policing (POP).

COP balances the use of these two strategies through careful continuous analysis of activity patterns that permit differentiated police response to community needs.

COP requires the professional commitment and creative involvement of every member of the police department, associated public and private agencies and members of the community.

COP recognizes that, regardless of a person's socioeconomic status, race, national origin, language, age or religion, each person has a right to high quality police services.

COP also recognizes that crime and disorder are only part of the many issues that police have to deal with in a complex and dynamic city.

COP expects and desires to be appraised for its effectiveness in serving the community according to measures that will provide feedback for continuous improvement in policing services.

COP is a system by which all police services are provided to the community including all the following fundamental police functions:

  • Responding to citizen calls for police assistance and or service

  • Enforcing the law

  • Maintaining order in the community

  • Providing emergency services

  • Preventing crime

  • Investigating criminal activity

  • Arresting and interviewing offenders

  • Collecting and analyzing evidence

  • Assisting with the prosecution of offenders

  • Testifying in court

  • Incarcerating offenders and managing the jail

  • Traffic management and services

  • Organized crime intelligence gathering and investigation

  • Vice control

  • Investigating drug related crimes

  • White collar crime

  • Juvenile crime

  • Crime prevention

  • Dispute resolution

  • Community education

  • Providing information and referral

  • Special event management

  • Providing police service for special community circumstances


Effects of Community Policing

Outcomes Envisioned from COP

As a consequence of fulfilling these fundamental policing functions, in the context of the Community Oriented Policing Philosophy, we envision and are committed to producing these community outcomes:

  • A safe and peaceful community with neighborhood pride

  • Effective crime prevention and law enforcement

  • Swift apprehension of offenders

  • Safe flowing traffic

  • No visible signs of disorder

  • Effective relationships with the community and other organizations

  • A vital economic climate for business and a nurturing community climate for residents

Police Professionalism and Discipline

The philosophy of Community Oriented Policing is rooted in credibility between police and the community.
To maintain this high quality relationship, all cases of police response to community needs, whether reactive or proactive, must meet the highest standards of discipline and professionalism.
All police personnel must be carefully selected and fully trained to provide the competent services for which they are responsible.
In a highly professional department, the limits of officer discretion for handling events can have wide latitude.
It requires the thoughtful self-discipline of every individual in the department.
However, to maintain that latitude and continue to enjoy the respect and cooperation of our community, each of us must personally share the burden of accountability to the rest of us for maintaining the highest standards of professional behavior or else all of us will suffer the consequences of low community confidence in the police.
It is regarded as among the most important functions of police leadership to establish and embody such high professional standards of behavior and to assure, without exception, that every individual in the Department does the same.
Nothing less than the trust of our community and our colleagues is at stake in this regard.
Without this trust, effective Community Oriented Policing is not possible.








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