Crime Prevention/Community Oriented Policing Events for the Santee Community

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Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving
(C.O.P.P.S.)

In January 1995, Sheriff William B. Kolender established the Sheriff's Department's first dedicated Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving Units (C.O.P.P.S.). In keeping with Sheriff Kolender's vision of a department committed to the principles, and organizational behavior inherent of a community policing organization, the Sheriff's Department adopted our mission statement and core values.

What is Community Oriented Policing?

Community Policing is a philosophy, management style and organizational strategy that promotes proactive problem solving and police-community partnerships to address the cause of crime and fear as well as other community issues.

What is a Community Partnership?

A flexible term referring to any combination of neighborhood residents, schools, churches, businesses, community-based organizations, elected officials, and government agencies who are working cooperatively with law enforcement to resolve identified problems that impact or interest them.

C.O.P.P.S. is not a program because programs have a beginning and an end.

C.O.P.P.S. is a philosophy that becomes an integral part of the law enforcement agency and the community it serves.

Santee has three “Special Purpose Officers” assigned to implement the Community Oriented Policing Philosophy into the community. The COPPS unit serves the public by facilitating a partnership between the community and the unit. This is accomplished by working with the youth, seniors, apartment managers, mobile home managers, homeowners, renters, religious groups, and any and all of the diverse members of the community.

Examples of this working relationship are: addressing on-going neighborhood issues, working with businesses to reduce crime, and coordinating efforts with the City to reduce vandalism.

For more information on Community Oriented Policing please
call (619) 956-4019.

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