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Community Policing and Crime Reduction

Pillar 4: Community Policing and Crime Reduction

The objective of Pillar 4 is to have greater collaboration between TPD and citizens.

Action Items

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4.1.1-Continue to broaden our current community policing efforts of co-producing public safety by reaching out to all segments of the community to identify problems, develop strategies and implement solutions together.

Bureau Responsible

Operations-Community Policing Division (CPD)

 

Timeline and Status

This action item was completed in 2016.

 

 Date Status
Throughout 2016

The Tacoma Police Department (TPD) has reached out and contacted different segments of the community. The TPD is working with each group to build stronger relationships to foster trust and understanding. The following are organizations represent different areas of the community we have been working with: Central Latino, Korean’s Women’s Association, Slavic Community Center, Peace Lutheran Church, Peoples Center, Boys & Girls Clubs, Tacoma Public Schools, YMCA Youth Programs, and the Tacoma Asia Pacific Cultural Center.


4.1.2-Enhance the Mental Health Co-Responders Program by implementing a Crisis Intervention Team.

Bureau Responsible

Operations-Patrol

 

Timeline and Status

This action item was completed in August 2016 with an ongoing assessment.

 

 Date Status
August 2016

Implemented a Crisis Intervention Team with one sergeant and 16 team members 

September 2016 Hosted Regional Crisis Intervention Team Training 
Fall 2016
  • Obtained Designated Mental Health Professional (DMHP) status for both Co-Responders which will increase the efficiency and effectiveness for the program. It also enhances and expands their ability to perform their functions at a higher level
  • Added 12 more team members (seeking to add two more Co-Responder Mental Health Professionals by January 2017 to provide broader coverage)
  • Increased Crisis Intervention Team to 30 team members
January 2017
  • Added dedicated Community Liaison to the City of Tacoma Homeless Outreach Team
  • Hosted a 40-hour State Certified Crisis Intervention Training sponsored by Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) with 20 TPD members (total of 50 trained officers)
March 2017 Sent contingent to Portland Police Department to shadow their program.
April 2017
  • Created Homeless Outreach Team consisting of one Community Liaison Officer
  • Conducted interviews for new Mental Health Professional
  • Sent contingency to San Diego to review their Homeless Outreach Team Program

4.1.3-Review and enhance the Citizens' Academy Program.

Bureau Responsible

Operations-Community Policing Division (CPD)

 

Timeline and Status

This action item was completed in September 2016.

 

 Date Status
September 2016

Hosted Citizens' Academy #48 where information was provided to multiple diverse organizations within the community as an effort to solicit increased participation

December 2016 Fourty-four individuals graduated from the Citizens' Academy on December 14 with next class scheduled for Fall 2017. Solicitations for improvement will be requested from current graduates.

4.1.4-Develop an interactive presentation that can be used to educate and engage the community on the structure, goals, and function of the police department.

Bureau Responsible

Administrative Services Bureau

 

Timeline and Status

This action item was completed in March 2017.

 

 Date Status
March 2017
  • Presentation completed by Community Policing Commander
  • First meeting completed in Sector One

 

 

4.1.5-Seek to enhance and expand the Community Policing Division by adding Community Liaison Officers, Proactive Units, Detectives, School Resource Officers and other resources to address quality of life issues and crimes throughout neighborhoods, business districts, and other parts of the community.

Bureau Responsible

Operations-Community Policing Division (CPD)

 

Timeline and Status

This action item is ongoing through spring of 2017.

 

 Date Status
September 2016
  • Added one School Resource Sergeant
January 2017
  • Added one Community Liaison Homeless Outreach position
  • Added two Background Investigators
April 2017
  • Add seven-member Violence Reduction Team (pending)
  • Add two Property Crime Detectives (pending)
  • Add one Animal Control Officer (in process)