Community Policing is comprised of two major components: Community Partnerships and Problem Solving. A funadmental belief of Community Oriented Policing finds that collaborative partnerships between the law enforcement agency and the individuals and organizations they serve is necessary to successfully fight crime. Individuals who live, work, or otherwise have an interest in the community are a valuable resource for identifying community concerns; those concerns can then be tackled by the Police Department.
Problem solving is the process of engaging in the proactive and systematic examination of identified problems to develop and evaluate effective responses. Once a problem is identified, Community Policing emphasizes proactive problem solving in a systematic and routine fashion. Rather than responding to crime only after it occurs, community policing encourages agencies to proactively develop solutions to the immediate underlying conditions contributing to public safety concerns.*Adapted from publications by Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), visit them at www.cops.usdoj.gov for more.
In order to facilitate Community Policing in the City of Revere, the Revere Police Department is involved in many different appraches to proactively prevent crime. The following are just a couple of the recent appraoches the Department has taken:
Revere Police Broadway Substation
One of the major concerns identified by the public has been a lack of presence in the Broadway area. We identified that when the Revere Police Station moved from Pleasant St to Revere Beach Pkwy, many of the Patrol Cars that drove down Broadway to return to the Station often used easier and quicker routes to the new location. The lack of constant Patrol Cars driving by businesses on Broadway soon led to an increase in fear by business owners and an increase in crime. The Broadway Substation was put in place to bring back the confidence of business owners and to create a way for many businesses and individuals to interact with the police in a more casual setting that the Police Station. You can read more about the Broadway Substation including hours and contact information here
Broadway Walking Routes
Often times, one police officer will be responsible for a large area within the City of Revere. Although vehicles facilitate the quick transportation of officers to a call for service, having a walking beat or walking route allows officers to better get to know each Resident or Business along the route, help advise citizens on Crime Prevention Techniques, and deter crime. Every afternoon, two officers take to streets and walk the Central Business District of Broadway. These officers wear high-visibility vests and will interact with businesses and citizens along the way while also keeping an eye out for criminal activity.
Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc (CAPIC)
CAPIC's mission is to identify and address the needs, problems and concerns of those in poverty and to anable the individually poor to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. CAPIC has been instrumental within the Revere Police Department in fostering solid working relationships with other local (human service) agencies and service providers, while at the same time strengthening crime prevention partnerships, encouraging community participation, and improving the quality of life for residents. CAPIC, in collaboration with the Revere Police Department, is committed to working to increase services for at-risk youth, especially minority youth, to ensure that the needs of all those living in the City are met.
Part of our continued effort to promote Community Oriented Policing, we have recently begun Crime Watch Meetings. Crime Watch meetings have occurred in multiple Wards of the City of Revere so far and we are continuing to plan more. With the help of Cheif Cafarelli, Mayor Rizzo, and the City Council, we have met with residents on multiple occassions to promote Crime Prevention Techniques, demonstrated how to start Neighborhood Watches, and have an active conversation about crime in that neighborhood.
Revere Police Department Citizen Academy
Starting our first Citizen Police Academy soon, the Revere Police Department will be looking for exemplary individuals to introduce to the department. Made up of classroom learning and discussions, ride alongs with police officers, and demonstrations from the K9 Unit and the SWAT Team, we are striving to bring a better understanding o how police departments in Massachusetts operate and how specifically the Revere Police Department works to keep the City of Revere Safe. Those participating in the Citizen Academy will be instructed by members of the Department as to the responsibilities of their various units in order to instill an understanding of the challenges facing law enforcement in today's society and what is done to overcome those challenges. The goal of the Citizen's Police Academy is to develop a unique partnership between citizens and the Police Department that benefits both.