Implemented in July 2019, the Neighborhood Policing Program strives to improve the safety of all residents living
within a defined area having the highest number of gun related crimes. Our past policing model led to a high police
presence in the area but low trust and interaction with members of the community. The Neighborhood Policing
Program is a new policing strategy designed to build relationships between officers and citizens, increase trust and
cooperation in improving safety and reducing crime.
The program has three officers, Neighborhood Police Officers (NPOs), permanently assigned to this area on a daily
basis in an effort to become known by the residents and to get to know the residents and the problems in the area.
The officers are dressed in more ‘casual’ uniforms to make them more approachable and less intimidating. NPOs are
selected for the Neighborhood Policing Program based on proven skills at working with people from all walks of life,
backgrounds and cultures. In addition, these officers must have proven skills at identifying problems within a neighbor-
hood and working effectively, with others, to solve them.
NPOs respond to all calls for service within this defined area thereby getting to know the residents and the problems
they are having. NPOs also create opportunities to interact with the residents in casual settings by stopping and
talking with residents, visiting local businesses, visiting the local elementary school in the area, joining pickup basketball
and other games and sponsoring local meetings.
The Neighborhood Police Officers are: