Community Relations / Crime Prevention
Traditional Policing is described as the response to calls for service, the investigation of crimes, and arresting individuals during and after the process. This method alone does not reduce crime, address public safety issues, or deal with community problems. No single policing agency can solve complex social problems by itself, so the need to build partnerships between the Police Department
, community members and local government is imperative. Using this Community Relations strategy increases public safety through information and awareness programs resulting in a higher quality of life for our residents.
Keeping the Community Involved
There is a shared responsibility between the police and community members in encouraging a problem solving partnership. Assigned to the Community Relations and Crime Prevention Unit, Officer Ackerman works closely with township residents and business owners keeping them notified of crime trends, proactive police responses, and preventive measures to address crime in their neighborhoods.
The focus is on improving the two-way communications between police and the community to help the residents recognize report and participate in the crime prevention process. The exchange of information between the community and the police is essential in the prevention of crime that traditional policing methods do not address. This communication also helps redirect the many calls to the Police Department that should be handled more efficiently by other agencies for problem solving resolutions. This allows our patrol officers more time to focus on proactive crime deterring methods in your neighborhood.
For more information on our programs, call Officer Bill Ackerman at (856) 488-7813.