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OUPD Community Policing

The "Adopt-a-Cop" Program

Believing that a law enforcement agency must be a part of, rather than apart from, the community it serves, the OU Police Department has established activity/function-oriented patrol contact areas or Adopt-a-Cop "beats" to help promote closer, individual relationships between our Police Officers and University community members. Our "Community-Oriented Policing" (COP) "beat" program involves many activities that enable officers to meet and converse with the community members on their "beats", including foot and bicycle patrols, security and safety presentations to groups, and even routine email communication.

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There are two key components to successful community-oriented-policing: community partnership and problem-solving. As the saying goes, safety and security are "everybody's business", and OUPD works with groups across campus to deliver informative presentations, publications and programming to promote crime prevention and safety awareness. We work together with students, faculty, and staff — at all levels of the University community — to cooperatively identify and isolate specific problems/concerns and create/implement partnership-based problem-solving strategies.

Diagram: The Crime Prevention Triangle: DESIRE, ABILITY & OPPORTUNITY. By eliminating any one of these elements a crime cannot occur.

Community-Oriented Policing (COP) is an approach to policing wherein the law enforcement agency invites the active participation of representatives of the community being served in the decision-making process that determines the type and scope of services delivered.

Efforts in the 1950s to professionalize law enforcement led to development of a highly-trained police command structure which made all management decisions regarding police services. Belatedly recognized as unintentionally isolating the law enforcement agency from the community it served, this traditional approach was efficient, but often resulted in applying the limited resources available to efforts other than those which the citizens believed to be the most important.

Diagram: The Community Oriented Policing "Problem Analysis Triangle"

COP seeks to re-connect the law enforcement agency with its constituency, and to ensure that the community's perception of the most serious law enforcement problems is made a component of police planning and operation. COP necessitates regular interaction between police personnel and citizens, and cannot be successful without citizen participants who are willing to present the true thoughts of the community about crime, perpetrators, and police actions in a public forum nor without police willingness to openly discuss, critique and amend their own performance based on this input.

Properly implemented and enthusiastically conducted, Community-Oriented Policing has the potential to strengthen the relationship between the community served and its law enforcement agency while enabling citizens to directly affect the quality of their lives and leaving the police in control of and responsible for their own activities.

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Adopt-a-Cop

 

Beginning in the fall of 2010 OUPD teamed with OU Housing & Food Services to create the “Adopt-a-Cop” program. OUPD officers were “adopted” by specific housing units and apartment complexes with these goals:

 

  • To create a direct link with the residents and staff members to provide a very high level of interaction, service, education and communications.

 

  • Increase student and staff comfort level and confidence with OUPD staff.

 

  • Increase student and staff comfort level with calling police immediately to report suspicious or criminal activity.

 

  • Increase reporting of crimes across the board.

 

  • Reduction of property crimes through education, awareness and crime prevention.

 

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Adopted Officers are the liaison with the Housing staff in each housing center. They attend selected Housing functions to promote open communications between residents and OUPD, they provide information and educational programs to their centers and most importantly, they provide a known officer to the residents and staff who is approachable and accessible.

 

If you have general questions concerning OU community-oriented policing, activity/function-based beats, Adopt-a-Cop program and/or campus crime prevention programs, please contact our Crime Prevention and Community Relations Officer by phone (325-2864) or email (mail-crimeprev@ou.edu).

 

COP BEATS

 

Lieutenant Cody Jaynes

 

 

 

Adams Center

 

Officer Matthew Wallace

Cate Center

 

Master Sergeant Kim Kerr

Couch Tower

 

Officer David Real

Walker Tower

 

Lieutenant Cody Jaynes, Officer Hunter McAlister

OU Apartments

 

Officer Kyle Hewett

 

Other OUPD “Beat” Assignments

 

Athletics

 

Master Sergeant Steve Chandler

Headington Hall

 

Master Sergeant Steve Chandler, Officer Gema Kious

OMU

 

Lieutenant Cody Jaynes

Airport

 

Master Sergeant Greg Vollmer

CESL

 

Master Sergeant Greg Vollmer

Academics / Presentations

 

Lieutenant Cody Jaynes

 OU SART / Advocates

 

Detective Chris Patison

Recruiting: Officer Tony Navarro gives a potential police recruit a taste of the feel-behind-the-wheel of a patrol car.
Recruiting: Officer Tony Navarro gives a potential police recruit a taste of the feel-behind-the-wheel of a patrol car.
Venn diagram of Community Interaction: The Community, Police Officers, and Criminals/Terrorists

Inform and Engage the Community...

 

●  Police officers on routine patrol will rarely encounter criminals and

    terrorists intent on avoiding all contact with police.

●  While criminals and terrorists may be able to avoid the police, they

    can’t avoid contact with the community in which they live and work.

●  Criminals and terrorists have neighbors, may have jobs,

    shop for food and other goods, and may be students;

    many people within the community have opportunities

    to observe behavior that is suspicious.

●  Partnership between the community and law enforcement

    is absolutely essential:

 

Law enforcement must keep the community informed of current crime problems/threats

 and
      an engaged, vigilant community must reach out to the police
immediately and unhesitatingly
when they observe suspicious behavior.