Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,000,000)
Funding will be used to encourage officers to participate with communities involving initiatives that promote partnerships and shared responsibilities. Beyond enforcement, officers have the power to change a situation or correct a problem by developing a plan with citizen/community support and/or assistance and resources to solve the situation or problem. Efforts will reward officers for proactive efforts in problem solving and customer service efforts within the communities, and not totally reliant on traditional policing statistics. The Town will implement methodologies to solicit, evaluate and act upon feedback from citizens and communities to better measure effectiveness of services, and community perception, such as Citizen /Community Surveys. Funding will also be used for Community Outreach / Community Affairs / Crime Prevention Units, with an emphasis on training of personnel for Community Policing, Crime Prevention, and other initiatives Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT).