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Community Policing
Overview
It is important that as many individuals as possible understand what Community Policing is and how it can benefit the citizens of Frederick County and the members of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Community Policing requires a law enforcement agency-wide philosophical commitment to involve citizens as partners in the process of reducing and controlling the problems of crime and fear of crime, drugs and neighborhood decay. Community Policing, when properly implemented, results in the improvement of the overall quality of life in the community.

What Is Community Policing?
Community Policing is a philosophy. It is a partnership between law enforcement and the community working together to identify crime related problems, determining their root causes and then applying solutions which will permanently reduce or eliminate these problems.

Community Policing is proactive, not reactive. Community Policing anticipates problems and prevents them from occurring or continuing. The direction for law enforcement efforts comes more from listening to the citizens of the community about what concerns them than from law enforcement assumptions about what the community wants. When members of a community and law enforcement work together to improve the quality of life in that community, the community and citizens both benefit by ending a recurring problem and improving their quality of life. Those police officers and community members who participated in the solution receive the self-satisfaction which results from having addressed a problem and then arriving at a workable solution.

What does Community Policing Mean to Me?
Since 1978, serious questions have been raised about whether conventional law enforcement strategies provide effective protection. Traditionally, the assumption has been that criminal, as well as disorderly activity, would be deterred if law enforcement were visible presence on the streets and promptly arrested people who broke the law. Community Policing doesn't question the goal of policing - just the means.

Consider that the type of crime that terrifies Americans most (muggings, rape, robbery, burglary and homicide) is rarely encountered by law enforcement on patrol. Crimes are seldom solved through criminal investigations alone. Crimes are usually solved because the perpetrator is immediately known or because a suspect is identified through information (description, tag number, etc.) provided by the citizens.

How do I become involved?
Citizen Involvement is a must if Community Policing is to be successful

To become involved with improving the quality of life in your neighborhood, contact the Frederick County Sheriff's Office or your local police. In an emergency, call 911 for law enforcement. To report suspicious activity in your community, or any other non-emergency situation, dial 301-600-2071. For more information about how Community Policing can make a difference in your community, call the Frederick County Sheriff's Office at 301-600-1046 and ask to speak with the Community Services Section. Working together, we CAN and WILL improve the quality of life in Frederick County .