Community Oriented Policing (C. O. P.) is the philosophical perspective that guides the Mott College Department of Public Safety in its daily operation.
C. O. P is a process of building relationships between the police, the campus community, local government, and community members to identify and address issues of crime, disorder, and other quality of life issues. This collaborative effort identifies areas of crime and disorder and engages as many elements of the college and community as possible in developing long term solutions to these concerns.
C. O. P. is a flexible philosophy that applies its core elements (Partnerships, Problem Solving, and Change Management) to the specific community served. Mott Police and Public Safety realize that the college community is unique and C.O.P. addresses that specific community in creative ways.
The Department of Public Safety has taken a unique approach by being 100% committed to the C.O.P. process. The Department works to support and enhance the C.O.P. process among all of its members and the campuses it serves so that a safe college environment can become a reality.
Change management requires a clear recognition that forging community policing partnerships and implementing problem-solving activities will necessitate changes in the organizational structure of policing. Properly managed change involves a recognition of the need for change, the communication of a clear vision that change is possible, the identification of the concrete steps needed for positive change to occur, the development of an understanding of the benefits of change, as well as the creation of an organizational wide commitment to change.
The Department of Public Safety has trained Community Police Officers on Staff but continues to enhance their training and provide training for the non-sworn staff in Community Policing concepts and philosophy as well. The department is also implementing a Steering Committee to guide the department through this process of organizational change. The Committee is made up of police sergeants, civilian staff, and faculty representatives who will work together to provide input on external goals (partnership building, educational outreach programs) and internal goals (creating a participative team environment and increase training opportunities to deliver effective services).
The College Administration has created the Law Enforcement Advisory Committee (LEAC). The mission of the LEAC is to assure that the Department of Police and Public remains responsive to the needs of the campus and local communities and to provide the College Administration and the Director of Police and Public Safety with regular input on issues surrounding crime and fear abatement, law enforcement, public safety, and emergency preparedness. The major role of the LEAC is advisory and consultative in nature. Its primary directive is to enhance the Public Safety Department’s community oriented public safety philosophy.
The Department of the Public Safety is committed to providing all campus sites a committed and responsible C.O.P. Community Policing extends beyond law enforcement to include safety and service concerns as well. The department's mandate is to provide and maintain a safe and secure environment for the entire Mott College as well as the surrounding community.