Community Oriented Policing & Problem Solving

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How many times have you heard the expression, "Where’s a cop when you need one?" To some extent, this expression rings true. There are just not enough police officers to be in all places at all time. For this reason, the trend in law enforcement is changing. Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving, COPPS, is a philosophy of policing adopted by the University Police Department. COPPS unites law enforcement with the community, creating partnerships. As partners we can work toward a common goal-- the reduction of crime, and making the community a safer place to work, live and pursue an education. Supported by personnel and equipment funding grants from the U.S. Department of Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the University Police Department is partnered with the community in this endeavor.

Community policing is a policing philosophy that promotes and supports organizational strategies to address the causes and reduce the fear of crime and social disorder through problem solving tactics and community-police partnerships. A fundamental shift from traditional, reactive policing, community policing stresses the prevention of crime before it occurs. Community policing is an integral part of improving the quality of life in our communities. Core components of community policing include partnering with the community; problem solving; and transforming policing agencies to support and empower front-line officers, decentralize command and encourage innovative problem solving.

The Department’s COPPS initiatives are coordinated by a Police Officer who acts as a resource to the Department and Community in promoting the philosophy and principles of COPPS. The COPPS Officer provides leadership, training resources and assistance to the department's personnel and university community in an effort to implement community policing.

For more information contact COPPS Resource Sergeant Kevin Gonzales at (510) 510-885-3793. Community Meeting

For more information about COPPS, U.S. Dept. of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

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