What is Community-Oriented Policing?
Community Policing is an organizational philosophy that promotes community, government and police partnerships; proactive problem solving and community engagement to address causes of crime, fear of crime, and community issues.
• Policing Districts Areas
Concord's Community Policing Program is an award-winning program that serves as an example to other local city governments:
- From 1996-1999: Awarded federal grant to operate as CP Demonstration Center for 9 cities from across the nation
- Concord is the proud recipient of the James Q. Wilson award for Community Policing and the IACP-ITT International Community Policing Award
How does Community Policing Work?
- A focus of Community Policing is problem solving. Police will still respond to emergencies.
- However, many calls to the police are not police related. They are more effectively handled by other agencies.
- As the number of these non-emergency calls decrease, 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.
- No single agency can solve complex social problems alone. A combined community-police effort restores the safety of our neighborhoods and business districts.
Community Policing vs. Traditional Policing
|Community Policing||Traditional Policing|
Decentralized Decision Making
Treat Causes of Crime and Fear of Crime
Problem Solving and Empowerment
Centralized Decision Making
Treat Crime Symptoms - Reports and Arrests
Rule and Policy Driven