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What is Community Policing?

Community Policing is a philosophy that concentrates on social disorder and crime within a community. Community Police Services include all aspects of law enforcement including crime deterrence, problem solving, and interacting and forming partnerships with members of the community. Community Policing requires that members of the Department of Public  Safety and the community join together to identify problems and effectively implement plans to address these problems.

What is C.P.O.P?

C.P.O.P stands for Community Police on Patrol.  Co-op City Department of Public Safety began this initiative in March of 2007.  C.P.O.P. provides for a Public Safety Officer, known as a Beat Officer, to patrol a particular area and become a problem solver for the cooperators within that area. In addition to Beat Officers, Coordinator Officers are used to create liaisons between the Public Safety Department, Riverbay staff, and Community members. Currently there are 9 Beat Officers and 2 C.P.O.P Coordinators assigned to the program.

  Community Policing Goal
  • Involving the community in identifying its own public safety concerns and eliciting input in setting the Department's priorities for addressing same.
  • Increasing community participation in policing activities and community based public safety programs.
  • Exchanging information with the community on a regular basis.
  • Using a problem solving approach to develop strategies for police operations that respond to specific community problems, including non-traditional tactics and strategies.

All of the above may require assistance from different sources such as Community members, Riverbay Staff, NYPD, JASA, and other parties with the ability to help achieve the desired program outcome. 

Community Policing

In order to achieve the objectives of community policing, members assigned to the community policing  detail are committed to the following goals: 

  • Open lines of communication between the Public Safety Department, Riverbay staff, and the Co-op City Community.
  • Attend building meetings.
  • Attend community meetings.
  • Interview building representatives monthly.
  • Host and sponsor community events.