If we can bring diverse groups of people together, all striving for the common good, we can not help but change our neighborhoods for the better.
Sgt. Joe Vargas
Past Supervisor Community Policing Team
The Anaheim Police Department's Community Policing Team is comprised of two sergeants and fourteen officers who are assigned to the Patrol Division. C.P.T. is the most diverse and challenging assignment within the department. C.P.T. officers can be facilitating community meetings during the day and taking proactive enforcement action later that same night. C.P.T. officers use a variety of approaches including high visibility patrol, bicycle patrol, and plainclothes duty to get the job done. C.P.T. officers work with other city divisions including Code Enforcement, Neighborhood Services and Street Maintenance in addressing problems in the community. C.P.T. officers will often directdepartment and city resources towards specific problems in that particular community.
The Community Policing Team is the driving force behind the theory that, Community Policing is a state of mind which occurs when officers realize they have the power to change a situation or correct a problem then go about doing it. According to Officer Happy Medina, " We are in the business of helping people and doing whatever it takes to make neighborhoods better than we found them." The Anaheim Police Department has embraced the community policing philosophy and applied it our most needy communities. In every case there has been an improvement in the quality of life in these neighborhoods.
You can read more about the Anaheim Police Department Community Policing Team in the Orange County Register by clicking here.
The Community Policing Team can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.