Community PolicingIn the late 1970's, 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 were interacting with community members to address the issues of crime and public safety. Utilizing new strategies over old mind sets, the patrols began to impact the areas and noticeably reduce crime. The communities began to feel "empowered" by the attention given them, and the relationship between citizens and police evolved into an effective team bent on not only reducing crime, but 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 nation wide 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 problem 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.