The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department embraces a philosophy known as Community Oriented Policing (C.O.P.). C.O.P. strives to develop partnerships between the police and the community in an effort to keep the Town of Poughkeepsie a safe community with a strong local economy and livable neighborhoods. How this is carried out varies from area to area based on the circumstances and needs of each neighborhood.
Each officer assigned to patrol a particular area within the Town is encouraged to familiarize him/herself with their area and the issues that are important to the residents and visitors of the area. Additionally, the officers are tasked with developing solutions for the various problems they may identify, or refer a problem that requires in-depth solutions to their immediate supervisor or to the department's Community Policing Officer. In turn, it is necessary for each citizen to be active in their neighborhood by participating in Neighborhood Watch programs, neighborhood associations, and just being good neighbors.
As indicated above, in addition to the patrol officers assigned to your neighborhood, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department employs a full-time Community Policing Officer. The Community Policing Officer is available for consultation, initiation of Neighborhood Watch, and other programs.
Neighborhood Watch Resources:
National Neighborhood Watch Program - Staysafe.org
National Crime Prevention Council
National Association of Town Watch
New York State Crime Prevention Coalition