The New Carrollton Police Department fully supports and embraces the philosophy of Community Oriented Policing and promotes organizational strategies which support the systematic use of partnerships with community members and problem-solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues within the community. Crime or fear of crime, social disorder, and the safe movement of vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians along roadways are prime examples where partnerships and open, cooperative discussions between community members and the police can help resolve or improve conditions contributing to the problem. The focus of community-oriented policing is not simply on response, but on preventing crime and resolving community problems. This philosophy rests on the belief that the police and the community must work together as partners to solve the contemporary challenges faced in today's society.
Effective community policing has a positive impact on reducing crime, helping to reduce fear of crime and enhancing the quality of life within the City of New Carrollton. It accomplishes these things by combining the efforts and resources of the police, community governance, and community members. It involves all elements of the community in the search for solutions to these problems and is founded on close, mutually beneficial ties between police and community members.
The New Carrollton Police Department is dedicated to a total departmental commitment to community policing. Every member of the department, sworn and non-sworn, will be involved in the department's community oriented policing philosophy.