Community Oriented Policing:
Broadens the role of the Police Department in the community and the role of the community in the Police Department. Consequently, this exposes us to issues which have traditionally been considered outside the realm of "official police intervention."
It is best defined as a style of policing in which the objectives, direction and emphasis of activities are jointly determined by the community and the police.
Officers and citizens work together through a consultation process to identify crime and non-crime problems. Prevention and resolution of these problems is achieved through adaptation of police methods and mobilization of resources from both the community and the Police Department.
Teamwork is a must if we want to succeed in effectively reducing the impact of crime through partnership. All citizens must commit themselves to addressing public safety issues and crime prevention measures. This includes the involvement of:
- Civic Organizations
- Government Officials
- Members of the Media
There are six major principles that are critical to the Community Oriented Policing philosophy:
- Problem Solving
- Service Orientation
- Risk Taking
Collectively, we all have interests in the success of this endeavor; we have something to gain. Citizens of Fulshear are invited to participate in the establishment of goals and priorities in addressing community concerns. As either a private citizen or a member of an organized group, you can:
- Work with the Police Department to identify quality of life issues (e.g., abandoned cars, deteriorated housing, drug-related activities, residential traffic problems, etc.)
- Work with the Police Department to develop short-term goals as well as long-term goals that address neighborhood concerns.
- Participate with The Police Department to resolve neighborhood concerns.
- Report crime and/or suspicious activities to the Police Department.
- Seek to learn more about what type of services the Fulshear Police Department has to offer.