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Community Policing

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.  We believe that there are three primary elements of effective community policing:

  • Building partnerships with the community.  
  • Transforming the agency to align procedures and practices to prioritize community policing.  
  • Problem solving.  

These are some of the examples of how we police with the community.

  • We assist needy families during the holidays by participating in the annual "Shop With a Cop"
  • We support and attend the annual Canoe Journeys, interracting with our neighboring tribal communities.
  • We attend the Tribe's annual Strong Fair S'Klallam Day's- providing information to the community about crime prevention and trends.
  • We offer free bicycle checks and helmets for children.
  • We attend community walks for Early Childhood children for Autism and ADHD.
  • We provide training for employee safety at jobsites.
  • We proactively patrol community bus stops.
  • We attend First Responders Events.
  • We direct our Officers to focus on patrolling areas which receive community tips and complaints, as well as those areas which statistically have higher crime rates. 

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