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RPD wants to increase community policing

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The Roxboro Police Department has earned a reputation in the community as one of the go-to agencies when it comes to participating in community events.

That’s part of the police department’s strategy to build strong relationships with the community.

But those additional requests place a strain on administrative and patrol personnel. Still decreasing participation is not an option.

So the department has set a goal for itself that would assist in the continuation of community policing programs.

In their Goals for Fiscal Years 2019-2020, RPD proposes funding for two additional positions over the next three to five years for Community Resource Officers.

“The personnel positions are contingent upon funding approval from city council,” said Chief of Police David Hess.

If approved, the Community Resource Officers would be assigned to the Administrative Service Unit and serve as the primary liaison for community events, security surveys for businesses and other community-oriented policing functions.

These will include promoting crime prevention, citizen safety, assisting businesses with safe practices and participation in events like National Night Out.

Services like these are not only beneficial to RPD but the community as well.

The benefit for the community is a dedicated staff who would attend and manage community policing programs.

“I think anything we can do to improve community relations is beneficial,” said Hess.

The community is essential to this plan. They played a big role in putting this goal on RPD’s radar.

“We met with civic groups on what we could improve... what they praised us on was community relations. The idea of having a community officer was born from the feedback,” said Hess.

Another factor department leaders looked at was community growth.

Roxboro is beginning to grow and that will add increased responsibility for officers to respond to more calls for service.

“As the community starts to grow over the next several years, that growth is going to bring service impact demand. What we are proposing will help to ensure Roxboro remains a quaint and vibrant city,” said Hess.

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