As the Chief of Police for the
City of Lancaster, I have great expectations for the City of
Lancaster Police Department and its members.
I truly believe that we have
some of the finest and most dedicated law enforcement officers
that can be found anywhere working for the City.
Their attention to duty and
professionalism is the leading force behind gaining trust and
cooperation from citizens.
It is no secret that I hold the
philosophy of community oriented policing and problem solving
dear to my heart.
It is the adherence to the
beliefs, objectives and strategies of this philosophy that will
help drive our organization to excellence.
Community oriented policing and
problem solving is a philosophy that promotes organizational
objectives and strategies that promote crime prevention
measures, problem solving, community engagement, and community
partnerships. It seeks to proactively address public safety
issues such as crime, the fear of the incidence of crime and
social disorder. Adherence to the community oriented policing
and problem solving philosophy calls for an organizational
transformation in that the management of the organization must
support community partnerships and proactive problem solving
In order to fully grasp the
concept of community oriented policing and problem solving, I
believe that one must first understand the true meaning of
Policing is defined as the
regulation and control of a community, especially with respect
to maintenance of order, law, health, morals, safety, and other
matters affecting the public welfare. In order to help build a
safer and more harmonious community, law enforcement officers
must concern themselves with issues other than those that are
traditionally thought of as police duties.
Community oriented policing and
problem solving is:
with the community to identify, address and alleviate crime and
disorder and to improve the quality of life.
implementation of creative and innovative ideas and programs to
address the needs of the community.
responsiveness to neighborhood problems and citizens' concerns.
involvement of the community in the provision of crime
prevention and crime fighting services.
government, public and private agencies and organizations, the
business sector and citizens to reduce the opportunities for
crime and improve the quality of life.
information gathering, community organizing and consultation,
knock on door programs, specialized forms of patrol, and rapid
response to emergency.
decisions to be made at the lowest levels so that employee
satisfaction and commitment to departmental goals are enhanced
through empowerment to solve problems.
Officers are encouraged and
allowed to implement creative solutions with the only
restriction being the solution cannot violate law or City
It must be understood that
community oriented policing and problem solving cannot
substitute for the primary law enforcement missions of
apprehension and arrest of criminals, the investigation of
crimes, responding to calls for service and assistance and other
traditional missions. Community oriented policing and problem
solving is a steady and deliberate process of trading old mind
sets for new ones; ones that make officers think and use City,
County, and State resources, private and public agencies and the
citizenry to share the responsibility in accomplishing goals and
This desired state of mind
occurs when the officer realizes that he/she
does have the power
to change a situation or correct a problem by means other than
arrest and proceeds with developing and implementing a plan to
solve the problem.