Community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies that support the systemic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.
Community policing comprises three key components:
- Community partnerships
- Organizational Transformation
- Problem Solving
The Owen Sound Police Service applies community policing to all levels within the service. In addition to a community services officer, the Owen Sound Police Service has a dedicated Community Oriented Response Unit (CORE) to apply the key components to addressing and solving community issues. Members of the Owen Sound Police Service conduct daily foot patrols allowing for a positive interaction between police and citizens. Members can also be found out on bicycle patrols in the downtown core and along paths in our many parks. This increased presence can reduce crime and provide a safer environment for senior citizens and the general public.