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Community Policing & Neighborhood Watch

Community photo Effective community policing has a positive impact on reducing neighborhood crime, helping to reduce fear of crime and enhancing the quality of life in the community. It accomplishes these things by combining the efforts and resources of the police, the local government, and the community.

While police continue to handle crime fighting and law enforcement responsibilities, the police and community work together to modify conditions that can encourage criminal behavior. The resources available within the Bloomington community allow for an expanded focus on crime prevention. Communication is the foundation of community policing.

Bloomington police officers speak to neighborhood groups at neighborhood meetings and participate in business and civic events by sharing information on a wide array of topics. They also take part in educational programs for the community schools and area clubs like the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization.

Foot patrols on Kirkwood and in the Cresmont area increase approachability to the police by bringing officers closer to the community. Bicycle patrol around town also aids in facilitating a more trusting relationship between the police and the community.

Creating a Neighborhood Watch Program is one way for the community to assist the police with finding solutions to crime. Please refer to the Neighborhood Watch Program link for information about starting a neighborhood watch and all the benefits to the program.