Community policing is, in essence, a collaboration between the police and the community that identifies and solves community problems. With the police no longer the sole guardians of law and order, all members of the community become active allies in the effort to enhance the safety and quality of neighborhoods. Community policing can have far-reaching implications.
In 1995, The Auburn Police Department had two officers dedicated strictly to Community Oriented Policing. Those officers were assigned to specific locations within the City of Auburn designated as areas “in need” of this type of initiative. The officers were responsible for facilitating and sustaining an interactive relationship between neighborhood residents and the police. The officer’s duties included establishing a trust and harmony among neighborhood residents and police to create a positive, cooperative and productive relationship between them. The relationship was effective in arresting offenders, preventing crime, solving ongoing problems and improving the overall quality of life in those designated areas.
Currently, the Auburn Police Department has one officer dedicated to Community Oriented Policing. Community policing, when embraced by both the police and the community, has been proven to be an effective way of bringing the community and the police closer together and improving relations. This relationship is pivotal in the development of strategies to reduce crime and social disorder and improve the overall quality of life in a community. Therefore, the City of Auburn Police Department recognizes that Community Oriented Policing is the duty of every member of our department and we remain committed to that mission.