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.