Much has been said recently in the national debate on the importance of community policing as it pertains to fixing some of the problems in our police and citizen trust. Community policing is “the system of allocating police officers to particular areas so that they become familiar with the local inhabitants.” When officers and citizens know each other and trust one another de-escalation attempts find greater success.
Provo PD takes Community Policing seriously. This summer they’ve been hosting events in various parts of the city. This successful Summer of Fun series encourages people to come and chat with the police who have jurisdiction in their neighborhood. They encourage everyone to come and have dinner, bring kids, bring dogs, and ask questions.
In addition to the Summer of Fun series, the Community Police center (48 North 300 W) holds Brats with Cops on Thursdays. Provoans are invited to have hot dogs and chat with our officers about issues of citizen importance.
In their words, “Do you wish there was more peace in the world? More harmony between police and citizens? We have the answer to that, and it’s free hot dogs. Well, that’s a small part of the answer anyway.”
Our Provo PD also is active on social media platforms. You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This outreach allows Provoans to check in on the department for updates on situations, issue discussions, road closures and events.
To see how this community policing works, head to the National Night Out Against Crime event TONIGHT as part of the Provo PD of Summer of Fun series. Everyone is invited to come and meet with their neighbors, and to get know local police officers, firefighters, volunteers and leaders from their community from 6-8 pm at North Park (500 N 500 W).
Bring your whole family, and come have some fun! The event is free for all. Activities include: carnival games, prizes, free bike registration, free food and much more! Let’s come together and strengthen our effort to keep Provo safe and we’ll have some fun while doing it.1