|Mott College Pubic Safety utilizes
three core elements to enhance it C.O.P program:
||Police Officers seek to develop trust and
open up the lines of communication between them and the people
they serve in their buildings or assigned areas. Sergeants work
with students, staff and faculty to develop and maintain a secure
and safe environment, within their assigned building or areas.
The college community, emergency response team members, and
their Building Officers will work together to identify problems
that concern the staff in their areas. Both parties will then
use the problem solving method to come up with a variety of
responses to the problem.
||Problem solving identifies the specific concerns
that the college community members feel are most threatening
to their safety and well-being. These areas of concern then
become priorities for joint police-community interventions.
The officers and various building members then form problem
solving partnerships to develop responses that they can both
use to eliminate or minimize the problem. In order to properly
resolve these problems the Public Safety Department has adopted
a process using the SARAModel(Scanning, Analysis,
Response and Assessment)
to identify and address problems.
- Scanning: Problems that occur
more than once are identified by the officer in a collaborative
effort with their building or area. These incidents often
have patterns that can be identified and assessed.
- Analysis: The
targeted problem is then studied so that factors that contribute
to its existence are fully understood. This is the most
crucial part of the SARA process because the issue must
be fully explored so that responses are based on facts
rather than guesses. Information must be gathered to begin
understanding the three legs of the crime triangle (Victim,
Offender, and Location) as related to the identified problem.
Guardians are also identified during this process. Guardians
are agencies or people who could assist in changing the
issues as it relates to the Victim, Offender or Location.
For example, if a problem involved poor lighting in a location,
guardians could be college lighting committee or Facilities
and Construction. This Model is also applicable in service
related situations when there is no Victim or Offender.
- Response: Creative responses
are then developed to address the causal factor of the
problem. The responses should address two legs of the
crime triangle. Guardians are then used to assist in
implementing the responses.
- Assessment: Quantitative and
qualitative data is collected so the effectiveness of the
response can be determined. Once the data has been analyzed
the response can be continued or new responses can be
||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.