Grant: $224,130 - Department of Justice - Jul. 1, 2009
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Award Description: The COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) provides funding directly to law enforcement agencies to hire and/or rehire career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs, and to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.
Project Description: This grant provides funding to establish a Community Response Officer position to focus on crime reduction, problem solving, and to act as a platform for community policing. The results anticipated by having a community relations/policing officer are enormous, most particularly when the officer has established the trust, familiarity, and culture of the community. Homeowners seek out communities having low crime rates to call home, as well as the desire to have a sense of safety and quality of life within their community. Because of established police procedures, police are often their worst enemy in delivering a sense of safety and quality of life within their community. Historically, placing quality of life calls is deemed a low priority call. Placing a low priority on issues that residents want most is counterproductive to community policing, but police departments do not change this approach. Most agencies, if not all, place quality of life calls as a low-priority that warrant response if a) there is an available unit, and b) no higher priority calls are waiting, or c) the response is after the situation is over. This action results in residents feeling that the police do not respond to quality of life calls. What happens next is worse. Residents do not call the police based on previous non-responsiveness or delayed responsiveness. This in turn leads to an apathetic feeling toward the police and counters what the police ask the public, ?to call when there is problem.? This apathy can lead to distrust towards police and creates an environment for criminality. Our position is that we want the criminal element to know that when our residents call the Tolleson Police for service on crime and quality of life issues we will respond. The ultimate goal of this position is to respond quickly and seek resolutions of community issues, deter criminality, and provide for a safer community.
Jobs Summary: Police Officer entry level, currently entered Basic Police Officer Academy Training on September 21, 2009, Phoenix Regional Police Academy. (Total jobs reported: 1)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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