COMMUNITY POLICING

Community policing is, in essence, collaboration between the police and the community that identifies and solves community problems. With the police no longer the sole guardians of law and order, all members of the community become active allies in the effort to enhance the safety and quality of neighborhoods.

Community policing has far-reaching implications. The expanded outlook on crime control and prevention, the new emphasis on making community members active participants in the process of problem solving, and the patrol officers' pivotal role in community policing require profound changes within the police organization.

We want our community members to voice their concerns, contribute advice and take action to address these concerns. Creating a constructive partnership will require the energy, creativity, understanding, and patience of all involved.

The goal of community policing is to reduce crime and disorder by carefully examining the problems in neighborhoods and then applying appropriate problem-solving remedies.

In the near future we are going to divide the City of Brier into six (6) "districts". Each of these districts will then be assigned its own community policing officer who is given the responsibility of that district. Brier Police Officers are the primary providers of police services and have the most extensive contact with community members.

Although they will continue to patrol the entire city the officers assigned to each district will be available to offer advice on security, and helping to organize and support neighborhood watch groups. They will let you know what district you are in and begin to develop positive contact in bringing the police closer to the community. They will leave their business card so that you will know who to contact to help you solve any non-emergency issue that occurs. Our goal is for each officer to get to know our citizens on a first name basis.

We will be having community district meetings to afford community members an opportunity to air concerns and find ways to address them. We want to establish and maintain mutual trust with our citizens.

We, from those districts will be forming a Police Chiefs Advisory Committee. The committee will consist of a community member from each of the districts, elected representative, a school employee from both schools, a fire district representative, a member of the clergy, and a middle school student representative.

Our police department also instituted a Community Home Check Program. With it, citizens who are leaving on extended periods can contact the police, leave notice, and the police will frequently inspect the residence. To participate, you can call the Brier Police Department at (425) 775-5452, (Brier residents only) or download the (Security House Checks Form) in PDF format.