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City of Glendale - Police - Four Basic Principles

Glendale Police leadership has incorporated the four basic principles of crime prevention, crime control, community involvement and fair and equitable treatment into the deployment and organizational structure for the Department.

  • Crime Prevention - It is our primary function to prevent crime. We are measured by our ability to reduce crime from year to year. We must have officers in the right place, doing the right things at the right times. We must encourage our officers to have a sense of “ownership” for their beats. We need to employ directed tactics rather than depending on random patrol to solve neighborhood problems.

  • Crime Control - When crime does occur, we must respond appropriately by conducting thorough and complete investigations. We must analyze crime and be prepared to shift resources as needed to respond to emerging trends. We must ensure that our commanders have the necessary resources to address problems. Only then we will be in a position to hold them accountable for results.

  • Community Involvement - It is important to realize that we cannot address crime problems in this community alone. We have a duty to involve members of the community in matters that impact upon the quality of their lives. We must renew and develop new community bonds to ensure that the people most impacted by crime have a voice in identifying and resolving problems in their neighborhoods. We must ensure that our efforts are tailored to the unique needs of each neighborhood.

  • Fair and Equitable Treatment - Finally, we must earn and maintain the public’s trust. We must treat everyone with the respect and dignity they deserve. We must model exemplary behavior and we must show our commitment to this effort not only through our words, but also through our deeds. This philosophical approach to deployment requires adequate staffing in patrol. It requires sufficient decentralized resources for problem solving at the patrol sector level. It requires sufficient investigative personnel to react appropriately when crimes do occur. It requires sufficient non-sworn support staff to ensure that we receive accurate and timely information about where crime is occurring; that we can process crime scenes and arrested persons in a timely manner; and so we can properly analyze crime when it occurs.


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