Community Policing Bureau
The Community Policing Bureau is the largest division in the Department, providing law enforcement services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.
The goal of the Community Policing Bureau is to use a combination of traditional techniques as well as new and innovative strategies to combat crime, reduce the fear of crime and help solve community issues.
The Patrol Division is under the Community Policing Bureau. There are two lieutenants, 11 sergeants and 38 officers assigned to patrol.
Crime & Traffic Analysis & Police Strategies
To effectively address the crime picture, the Department implemented an intelligence based policing model that is referred to as Crime and Traffic Analysis and Policing Strategies (CTAPS). CTAPS is a multi-layered dynamic approach to crime reduction, quality of life improvement, and personnel and resource management.
Mapping Crime & Identifying Problems
CTAPS employs geographical information and is intended to map crime and identify problems. In regular meetings, ranking police officials meet with area commanders to discuss crime and traffic trends and concerns. Collectively, they devise strategies and tactics to solve problems, reduce crime, and ultimately improve quality of life in their assigned area.
Commanders are held accountable for the success and failure of these strategies as all action items are documented by an executive officer. Using the data from CTAPS to effectively and efficiently deploy our resources is both cost-effective and appropriate, given our Community Governance policing philosophy.
Area Command Model
The Area Command Model divides the City into two geographical areas: North Area Command and South Area Command. The I-5 freeway is the dividing line between the two areas.
Officers are assigned to an area for two years at a time. This allows officers and community members to become familiar with each other and builds trust, enabling a better working relationship to remedy problems plaguing an area.
Service to the Community
Patrol officers serve the community by:
- Responding to calls for service
- Investigating crime reports
- Enforcing traffic
- Preventing crime