The department applied for and received a four year grant for two police officer positions to be used in the Community Oriented Policing Unit. That grant ended in 2014 and the unit has continued with at least one officer assigned.
Community oriented policing is a back to basics concept of having officers more attuned to the needs of neighborhoods along with the time to work not only the crime problem, but associated problems that contribute to the crime issues.
Our COP unit works regularly with the city Fire Marshal, Code Enforcement and Community Development in solving problems of illegal clubs, drug sales and quality of life issues.
The unit is staffed by Officer David Whitaker presently.