What is Community-Oriented Policing?
Community Policing is an organizational philosophy that promotes community, government and police partnerships; proactive problem solving and community engagement to address causes of crime, fear of crime, and community issues.
Concord is currently divided into two Community Policing Districts. The Districts serve to coordinate police services and other City resources in response to quality of life issues and criminal activities. A police sergeant is assigned as District Commander to each district. These sergeants are responsible for oversight and coordination of problem solving efforts in their district. Customer service is their priority and they provide a direct link between the community and police department.
- Policing Districts Areas Map
- Valley District: Phone 671-5083 (Sgt. Mark Robison)
Covers a portion of Northern Concord including Downtown, Port Chicago, and Holbrook; East Concord which includes the Clayton corridor, Concord Boulevard, Lime Ridge; and the northern portion of Willow Pass Rd.
- Southern District: Phone 671-5067 (Sgt. Nick Gartner)
Covers a portion of Northern Concord including Concord Avenue, the Estates, Arnold Industrial Way; Southern Concord including Sun Valley Mall, greater Monument Boulevard, Oak Grove Road; and south Treat Boulevard areas.
Concord's Community Policing Program is an award-winning program that serves as an example to other local city governments:
- From 1996-1999: Awarded federal grant to operate as CP Demonstration Center for 9 cities from across the nation
- Concord is the proud recipient of the James Q. Wilson award for Community Policing and the IACP-ITT International Community Policing Award
How does Community Policing Work?
- A focus of Community Policing is problem solving. Police will still respond to emergencies.
- However, many calls to the police are not police related. They are more effectively handled by other agencies.
- As the number of these non-emergency calls decrease, Officers are able to spend more time working with citizens to solve crime and disorder problems.
- With better police-citizen communication, officers can more effectively use and share crime information with the public.
- Officers who know both a community's problems and its residents can link people with other public and private agencies that can help solve community concerns.
- No single agency can solve complex social problems alone. A combined community-police effort restores the safety of our neighborhoods and business districts.
Community Policing vs. Traditional Policing
Decentralized Decision Making
Treat Causes of Crime and Fear of Crime
Problem Solving and Empowerment
Centralized Decision Making
Treat Crime Symptoms - Reports and Arrests
Rule and Policy Driven