There is no one commonly recognized definition of community policing. However, a good definition would be, "a department wide philosophy of full service in personalized policing, where citizens feel empowered to work with the police at solving the problems of crime, fear of crimes, disorder, decay, and quality of life issues".
The Port Gamble Police practices this style of community policing with the community members of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe.
These are some of the examples of how the Police Department conducts community policing with the community.
- Canoe Journeys Strong Fair S'Klallam Day's
- Bicycle checks and helmets for children
- Escort walks for Early Childhood children for Autism and ADHD
- Officer lectures for employee safety at jobsite
- Patrol community bus stops
- First Responders Event
Officers respond to a variety of calls that on occasion involve children. These situations aren't always ideal and therefore officers utilize Department Police Bears to provide comfort and reassurance to the children they encounter during these difficult times. The Bears have the department logo on their t-shirts.