Community engagement is both the planned and unplanned interaction between Department members and community members. Department personnel interact with community members every day, from the officers on the street to Chief of Police. Engagements help build trust, confidence, and legitimacy, and they help to prevent and deter crime. Engagements also build partnerships. Solidified, positive, trustworthy, and reciprocal relationships with our partners, people, organizations, and stakeholders are an absolute necessity for us to succeed in our mission.
The Department conducts its engagements through interactions on the street, the Community Oriented Policing (COP) program, the participation on committees and boards, speaking engagements and civic events, the hosting of conferences, and any other number of community-Department interactions.
The Public Affairs Officer is responsible for planning all scheduled community engagements.