Community Policing Division

What is Community Policing


It is important to understand what Community Policing is and how it can benefit the citizens of the City of Rexburg. Through our partnerships with the citizens of Rexburg and by working together, we can identify crime related problems, determining their root causes and then apply solutions which will permanently reduce or eliminate these problems. Community Policing, when properly implemented, results in the improvement of the overall quality of life in our community.

Mission


It is the mission of the Community Policing Division to establish and maintain a law-enforcement, agency-wide, philosophical commitment to; involve citizens as partners in the reduction, control and elimination of crime, fear of crime, drugs and neighborhood decay.


10 Principles of Community Policing

  1. Community Policing is a community-based philosophy. The direction for law enforcement efforts comes more from listening to the citizens of the community about what concerns them than from law enforcement assumptions about what the community wants.
  2. Community Policing focuses on creative problem-solving. All persons involved are encouraged to look at the bigger picture to solve pattern or chronic problems.
  3. Community Policing promotes the development of trust. It emphasizes a direct working relationship between citizens and the police to develop the ownership of problems.
  4. Community Policing establishes a broader role for each law enforcement member. Each member serves as a liaison with the community and assists its citizens in solving community problems.
  5. Community Policing stresses community involvement and emphasizes citizen participation in the problem-solving process. This means that the community must accept its responsibility to actively participate in problem-solving. Community Policing acknowledges that the police cannot be successful without citizen assistance.
  6. Community Policing is proactive, not reactive. Community Policing anticipates problems and prevents them from occurring or continuing.
  7. Community Policing emphasizes providing help where it is needed most. Community Policing especially provides for closer contact with juveniles and the elderly as a means of better understanding their needs.
  8. Community Policing enhances traditional policing through interaction with the community. Law enforcement will continue to respond to emergencies and perform in traditional capacities. They will also explore a wide range of responses to community problems and ask for citizen assistance as part of the problem-solving process.
  9. Community Policing involves everyone within a law enforcement agency. Successful Community Policing is not limited to one division; it is a change in the policing philosophy of the entire agency.
  10. Community Policing personalizes law enforcement service. Law enforcement members work directly with the citizens they serve to identify and prioritize problems, and to devise and implement problem-solving strategies.


What Does Community Policing Mean to Me?


Since 1978, serious questions have been raised about whether conventional law enforcement strategies provide effective protection. Traditionally, the assumption has been that criminal, as well as disorderly activity would be deterred if law enforcement were a visible presence on the streets and promptly arrested people who broke the law. Community Policing doesn't question the goal of policing - just the means. Consider that the types of crimes that terrify most Americans (muggings, rape, robbery, burglary and homicide), are rarely encountered by law enforcement on patrol. Crimes are seldom solved through criminal investigations alone, but are more likely to be solved because the perpetrator is immediately known or because a suspect is identified through information provided by citizens, such as (description, license number, etc.). Citizen Involvement is a Must.

To become involved with improving the quality of life in your neighborhood, contact the Rexburg Police Department. In an emergency, call 911. To report suspicious activity in your community, or any other non-emergency situation, dial 208-359-3000 for the Rexburg Police Department. For more information about how Community Policing can make a difference in your community, call the Rexburg Police Department Office at 208-359-3000 and ask to speak with the Community Policing supervisor. Working together, we CAN and WILL improve the quality of life in the City of Rexburg.



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