The members of the Norwell Police Department are committed to the theory of Community Policing. Our Bicycle Patrol Unit and Crime Prevention Unit are working closely with the community to form a partnership against crime. The Community Services Divisions duties include regular police bike patrols through our residential and business districts with higher visibility and one-on-one interaction with our citizens. This unit offers programs such as Operation Identification, where residents and business owners can work closely with the police department to identify their property which will assist the department in the event of a loss. A Citizens Police Academy has been developed and should commence in the fall of this year. The Academy is an eight-week program, one night per week for two hours. The purpose of this Academy is to enlighten the participants with respect to what it is that their police department does for the community. If you would like to sign up for the academy, do so here.
Community Policing in the Town of Norwell is expanding continuously with the help and participation of the community. The Chief of Police, Chief Ross and the members of the Norwell Police Department are committed to assisting the residents and business community with quality of life issues that may affect them.
Should you have any questions regarding any of the above programs please contact Sgt. William Lynch, Officer Robert Meagher or any member of the Norwell Police Department.
About Community Policing
Community Policing is both a philosophy and an organizational strategy that recognizes the importance of collaboration between law enforcement, all branches of government, and the citizens of a community. It is a departure from traditional reactive policing, which focused primarily on individual incidences of crime and calls for service.
Community Policing challenges the police agency to enter into partnerships with every segment of the community. Police officers engaged in Community Policing act as catalysts to mobilize the community to work with them to address crime, fear of crime, and factors that detract from the overall quality of life within that community. Community Policing emphasizes creative, collaborative solutions to community problems. The community and the department collectively engage in the problem-identification process, utilizing a combination of ongoing community input and state-of-the-art crime analysis techniques. Working with community stakeholders, the police arrive at a consensus of what the actual problems are, and devise the most appropriate means of addressing them. The police then utilize methods such as informal feedback and program evaluation to measure performance, constantly re-adjusting strategies to ensure continued success in their efforts. As a result, police departments renew their commitment to achieving the highest levels of public safety, professionalism, service to the community, and positive impact on quality of life.
The State Community Policing grant program provides funding to police departments in cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth to initiate or enhance the implementation of the Community Policing philosophy. Specifically, police departments are challenged to engage their communities to develop strategies tailored to meet the particular needs of their communities by utilizing the elements of partnership, prevention, and problem-solving, which are hallmarks of the Community Policing philosophy.
In Fiscal Year 1999, $20.16 million in state funds were awarded to 331 police departments, an increase of 19 communities from last year and 297 communities since the program's inception in Fiscal Year 1994.
Departments throughout Massachusetts have undertaken many innovative programs with funds provided from the state Community Policing grant program. Youth initiatives, designed to enhance the relationship between young people and police officers, include: School Resource Officers, after-school programs, child photograph and identification, and in-school instruction for students. Elder initiatives, designed to ensure the safety of elderly residents, include Crime/Scam Prevention and Awareness, the File of Life Program, Senior Safety and self-defense programs, Alzheimer's Awareness educational activities, and a senior liaison to residents. Neighborhood improvement strategies have successfully targeted neglected areas within communities and encouraged citizen awareness regarding the importance of maintaining a clean and safe neighborhood. Initiatives include: crime prevention strategies such as: Neighborhood Crime Watch, improved public lighting to deter crime, building code enforcement, graffiti removal, and neighborhood clean-ups. Contrary to its detractors, Community Policing is not soft on crime or traditional enforcement efforts. State Community Policing funds support many traditional enforcement initiatives such as: enhanced foot, bike, mounted, marine, and vehicle patrol, traffic law enforcement, narcotics enforcement, and Park and Walk enforcement.