By Chief Martin McCoy, Auburn Police Department
After 20 years in public service, I’m convinced that effective community policing depends on strong relationships. Police officers need to know their community well. Likewise, they need to be known by residents and business owners.
Starting this month, we’re launching a new program to integrate officers into the community even more. Every officer, on every shift, is now assigned to one of five areas in the community. On top of their daily police work throughout Auburn, officers will spend as much time as possible in their assigned area, becoming familiar with neighborhood names, faces, vehicles, pets and daily activities. By focusing on a specific part of our community, our police officers will be better equipped to know when something or someone is out of place—just like a good neighbor. Likewise, we believe this effort will help you know our police force better as we partner together to maintain a safe and secure community.
Don’t be surprised if an officer knocks on your door or approaches you at a park to make an introduction. We intend to reach out to citizens and get to know as many people as possible. Even more, we’ll be keeping an eye on issues that need addressed, such as streetlights that need replaced, potholes that need attention, or abandoned homes and vehicles, for example.
This really is an extension of what we already do on a daily basis. But now, we’re being more deliberate and concerted in our efforts to develop strong community relationships. And we believe this will help us provide better service as we strive to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for everyone who lives and works in Auburn. We hope you’ll agree.
In the coming year, we’ll be reaching out to people we’ve served for feedback on how we can continue to improve. If you receive a survey, we’d appreciate your input. It helps us better understand the needs of citizens and how we can address those needs. You can also complete the survey online any time at the Auburn Police Department Resources web page. You can sign up for e-mail alerts, report a tip and find many other forms and services there as well.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve this community. We care about it as much as every citizen and business that has chosen to establish roots here. Together, we’ll help maintain it as a place where you can feel good about raising a family, starting a business and being involved each day.