Community Oriented Policing
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.
Community Policing is comprised of three key components:
Collaborative partnerships between the law enforcement agency and the individuals and organizations they serve to develop solutions to problems and increase trust in police.
The alignment of organizational management, structure, personnel, and information systems to support community partnerships and proactive problem solving.
The process of engaging in the proactive and systematic examination of identified problems to develop and rigorously evaluate effective responses.
By the Taylor Police Department’s use of the community policing philosophy, the following benefits are seen:
- Officers are able to spend more time working with citizens to solve crime and disorder problems.
- With better police-citizen communication, officers can more effectively use and share crime information with the public.
- 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.
- A combined community-police effort restores the safety of our neighborhoods and business districts.
Examples of Community Oriented Policing in Taylor:
- A newly commissioned Police Citizens Advisory Committee, which uses citizens and business leaders as a sounding board for proposed police projects as well as providing the police department with areas of concern.
- A newly revitalized Neighborhood Watch program consisting of a police liaison and neighborhood or block coordinator all working toward a common goal.
- A child identification fingerprinting program, usually performed in conjunction with a community event, but also available at the police station.
- A crime prevention education program designed to educate residents and businesses on how to best protect themselves, their families and their homes.
- National Night Out program, which has been conducted for the past few years in partnership with Target stores. National Night Out is held nationally every year in August and tries to raise awareness for residents on crime prevention and how to keep their homes and communities safe. Activities are held at the Taylor Target Store where police officers and firefighters meet with the public to provide crime prevention information and answer concerns. Target Stores have been a supportive partner of the Taylor Police Department for the past several years by helping sponsor activities such as National Night Out, and child fingerprinting, as well as providing corporate grant funding for needed equipment and programs at the Police Department.