Ladies and Gentlemen:
The Cheverly Police Department is finalizing its 2018 crime reduction strategy and starting to think about a community policing policy that can enhance this plan. The community policing plan is still several months down the road, allowing sufficient time for crime reduction to take hold and become systematic. This new plan addresses four main issues: manpower, investigation, crime prevention and deterrence, and community outreach. The manpower and investigation components are designed to streamline the department and increase efficiency. Manpower is especially important given that we just lost a veteran officer, and two others are currently in the hiring process with larger county police departments. On the plus side, we just had a new recruit graduate from the police academy we have
several prospects for future police academies.
The crime prevention and deterrence strategies are an upgrade in our current response, and information obtained through this process will be compared to our mapping strategy to try and determine environmental/weather/day of the week and time of occurrence issues that we could meld with mapping to increase our capability to predict crime. In addition, we are working on a video program that we could present to residents interested in using such technology.
The most critical element of this plan is community outreach because the department hopes to take advantage of the 7,000 pairs of eyes of residents who live in the town. This outreach will be centered around team policing, i.e., Team 1 would be Ward 1 residents coupled with members of the police department. Examples of Team policing would be tied to Street Meets, community empowerment, and the creation of team email sites established on the CPD server. These sites would foster communication, enable for confidential reporting of crime issues, serve as a conduit for lookouts and other community news, and serve as emergency alert technology when appropriate.
To ensure that the community is a strong participant in this process, I am respectfully requesting that every resident attend the crime meeting scheduled for Sunday, February 25, 2018, from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Community Center. An explanation of the plan will be presented followed by a question and answer period. Thank you in advance.
Buddy Robshaw, Chief of Police~