What is Community Policing?
At the Rockwall County Sheriff's Office it means the following:
Renewed Emphasis on Crime Prevention: Law enforcement is looking to enhance it's tough stance on crime with a renowned focus on strategies that help prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. This requires an intimate knowledge of the community.
Partnership: Effective community policing has a positive impact on reducing neighborhood crime, helping to reduce fear of crimes and enhancing the quality of life in the community. It accomplishes these things by combining the efforts and resources of the police, local government and the community members.
Problem Solving: This process identifies the specific concerns that community members feel are most threatening to their safety and well being. These areas of concern then become priorities for the joint police community interventions.
An idea for the Times: Community Policing is a collaborative effort between the police and the community that identifies problems of crime and disorder and involves all elements of the community in the search for solutions to these problems. It is founded on close, mutually beneficial ties between police and community members.
Examples of Community Policing at the Rockwall Sheriff's OfficeMikey on the Bike: Mikey on the bike, a bike robot or bike-bot, is a remote controlled robot that can talk and move on a bike through a group of children. Mikey is used to teach children of all ages about safety issues, how to use 911 for emergency calls and how to say no to drugs.
Bike Patrol: The Sheriff's Office has initiated a program to make it's presence known and recognized in the densely populated areas of the county. This new program, the Bike Patrol, uses Deputies on mountain bikes. The deputies of the Bike Patrol will make it a priority to interact with neighborhoods and residents of developments forming a strong partnership between the community and the Sheriff's Office.
Junior Deputy-SMART (Strong Message Against Rough Times): Smart is a program aimed at children explaining some crime prevention methods in simple language in a newsletter presentation. The Junior Deputy Program sponsors field trips, gives tours of the Sheriff's Office facilities and enables Junior Deputies to meet and get to know the Sheriff's Deputies. Click on the link above to to see the Junior deputy newsletter and to learn more about the smart program.
Juvenile i.m.p.a.c.t. Program: The Rockwall County Sheriff's Office believes that when it comes to juvenile crimes, early intervention is the first step in prevention.