The Palm Bay Police Department has recognized the need for cooperation with the community it serves. Community policing is a collaborative effort between the police and the community that identifies problems of crime and disorder and involves the elements of the community in the search for solutions to these problems. It is founded on close, mutually beneficial ties between police and community members. Effective community policing has a positive impact on reducing neighborhood crime, helping reduce fear of crime and enhancing the quality of life in the community. It accomplishes these things by combining the efforts and resources of the police, local government and community members.
The Community Policing Unit addresses long term community concerns. Occasionally some calls cannot be suitably resolved by road patrol response, and when these calls repeatedly surface, the community policing officer is brought in to try to find a long term solution. The Community Policing Officer has his/her own designated area and is empowered to be “the Chief” of that area. By building relationships with the residents of his/her neighborhood, residents begin to feel comfortable and trust the officer with different community-related topics. Officers speak to neighborhood groups, participate in business and civic events, consult with social agencies, and take part in education programs for school children.
|North||Commander Diana Blackledge
|| Officer Melissa Rogers
|South||Commander Diana Blackledge
||Officer David Porter
If you have any questions, complaints or concerns, please direct them to our online citizen requests.