Community Oriented Policing & Problem Solving (COPPS) Program
The St. John Police Department has implemented the philosophy of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS).
The COPPS theory of
law enforcement is based upon the premise that officers and
members of the community they serve create partnerships and work
together to solve problems that affect the quality of life in the
community. The application of problem solving strategies is a vital
element of this philosophy of policing.
This change in philosophy
in the way officers do their job is bringing back the "beat" officer
perspective, wherein the officer is familiar with the business owners
and residents in his/her patrol area. With a COPPS Philosophy, the
officers are empowered to address any and all problems within their
assigned area and make every effort to solve these concerns.
Goals & Partnerships
The goal of COPPS is to utilize available resources to address community problems. COPPS does not limit the police to criminal problems only. The St. John Police Department takes pride in providing a safe, crime-free environment for all its residents. By creating "community partnerships" with local businesses, the Ritenour School District, faith-based organizations (churches) and local charities, our department can provide an invaluable amount of help and resources to our citizens in their time of need.