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Community Policing History

The Department, in the 2nd quarter of 1998, began to apply its community service philosophy on the delivery of police service in the development of Department procedures, operating orders and the organization of Department personnel. In order to aid in our Community Policing efforts, the Department established a new mission and vision statement, and implemented goals and objectives that incorporated a community policing and crime prevention philosophy. 1999 was our first full year operating under the community policing/problem solving philosophy.

Community Policing is the philosophy of working in partnership with police officers assigned to specific geographic or specialized areas of service. Citizens develop a healthy ownership of their Police Department and volunteer time, effort, and support to assist their Department and involve themselves on problem-solving activities to improve the community and their quality of life.

The Patrol Division is organized into Service Area Teams and provides quality service to our citizens using this philosophy. The Youth Services Unit, the Community Resource Officer, and Patrol Division Service Area Officers have been working in partnership with the community to deliver quality service aimed at solving neighborhood problems and improving the quality of life of the citizens of Plymouth Township.

The programs and handouts developed by our Community Resource Officer have increased our crime prevention message in the community. Case follow-up information to victims of crime by our Investigations Section has also aided in the positive communication between the Department and its citizens.