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<br />SURPRISE POLICE DEPARTMENT <br /> <br /> <br />COMMUNITY POLICING ADM-48 <br /> <br />DATE DATE REVISE CALEA STANDARDS PAGE <br />ISSUED EFFECTIVE DATE MET <br />1 of 3 <br />09-14-12 N/A Yes <br />09-04-12 <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />I. PURPOSE <br /> <br />The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines and procedures that direct <br />the community policing efforts of the Surprise Police Department. <br /> <br />II. POLICY <br /> <br />The policy of the Surprise Police Department is to operate with a community <br />oriented approach throughout all levels of the organization. It is the primary <br />function of the organization to work cooperatively with individuals, citizen groups, <br />the criminal justice system, and public and private organizations to identify and <br />resolve issues which negatively impact the livability of neighborhoods within the <br />City of Surprise. <br /> <br />III. PROCEDURE <br /> Community policing is not a program; it is a commitment to serving the <br />community through the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving <br />techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to <br />public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime. <br />A. A Focus on Flexibility and Problem Solving <br />As an agency that subscribes to a community policing philosophy to <br />deliver law and order services to our community, officers and employees <br />will be expected to accept a significant role in issues and activities that <br />may differ from the traditional police role. A strong focus will be placed <br />upon officers to actively identify and address the root causes of crime and <br />public disorder. <br /> B. Community Involvement <br /> The Surprise Police Department will actively seek to engage its citizens to <br />identify and resolve community concerns. This is the essence of <br />community policing. Programs that engage the community, such as <br />Neighborhood Watch, the use of civilian volunteers, and the recruitment <br />and use of police explorers are examples. Officers and employees will <br />solicit input and feedback regarding problem identification, analysis and <br />potential solutions from members of the community. Community members <br /> <br />