WHAT IS “Community Oriented Policing”?
Community Oriented Policing (COPS) programs respond directly to the emerging needs the Department’s requirements; shift law enforcement’s focus to preventing, rather than reacting to, crime and disorder; develop state-of-the-art training and technical assistance to enhance law enforcement officers’ problem-solving and community interaction skills; promote collaboration between the Department and our community members to develop innovative initiatives to prevent crime; and provide responsive, cost-effective service delivery to grantees to ensure we accomplish our mission.
The Casper Police Department’s COPS office is located in the City Center Building at 100 W. “B” Street, Suite 201, in the Public Affairs office. The office is currently staffed by Casper Police Detective John Hatcher, and offers a range of services free to the public, including presentations and programs on topics that range from crime prevention, personal safety, traffic safety, and drug and alcohol recognition.
The Public Affairs office is involved with local community groups such as the Alcohol Task Force, Meth and Substance Abuse Conference, Natrona County Prevention Coalition, Prevention Management Organization of Natrona County, Crime Stoppers of Central Wyoming, Natrona County Suicide Prevention Task Force, Child Protection Team, Safe Kids/Safe Communities, Safe Rides (formerly Tipsy Taxi), and others.
GETTING IN TOUCH WITH PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
Detective John Hatcher
Public Affairs Officer
Casper Police Department
201 N. David, Casper, WY 82601