In the late 1970s, the Flint (Michigan) Police Department started a directed patrol experiment in low-income, high-crime locations of the city. Police officers assigned to these target areas interacted with community members to address the issues of crime and public safety. Using new strategies over old mind sets, the patrols began to have a positive effect in the areas, which resulted in a noticeable reduction in crime. The communities began to feel empowered by the attention, and the relationship between citizens and police evolved into an effective team bent on not only reducing crime but on enhancing the quality of life in these areas. The experiments developed into practice. The Flint experiment was nationally recognized for its success. In the past two decades, community policing has developed into a nationwide trend in law enforcement. The teamwork between police and communities has demonstrated itself to be unbeatable in any environment.
The Wayne State Police Department has embraced the "Community First" approach for years. Our department is committed to creating a safe and productive environment for everyone who lives, works and learns in our WSU community. Our department has always made service and response high priorities.
Our community-oriented policing approach is based upon a philosophy of providing full and personal police service. This is accomplished by uniting with members of the WSU community to identify, prioritize and resolve problems that lead to crime, disorder and community decay. The goal is to improve the quality of life at Wayne State University. Our officers work with students, employees and residents of the university to implement and monitor successes and evaluate failures.