Geographic Policing (or "Geo" Policing) involves the assignment of public safety service providers to defined geographic areas or beats. Whenever possible, deputies are assigned to the same beat. This enables them to build relationships with area residents and partnerships with community organizations.
These partnerships build trust between local communities and police and give deputies more insight when addressing recurring problems or recognizing developing trends in the area. Deputies are able to actively involve citizens in the problem solving process and citizens are more comfortable with familiar deputies.
Geo Policing also makes good business sense. Its structure requires a coordinated approach to problem solving by all ranks within the Sheriff's Office. That is, all levels of personnel participate to ensure that daily, short-term, and long-term concerns are addressed.
For instance, deputies respond to traditional emergency incidents and use daily problem solving strategies in and around their beat. They work closely with the Crime Prevention Specialists to mobilize neighborhood watch groups and seek out resources needed to achieve long-term solutions. Shift sergeants share responsibility for all beats during a shift. However, they are specifically responsible for all short-term and long-term strategic planning and problem solving issues that may arise in their individually assigned beat. The patrol lieutenant coordinates division-wide problem solving and helps develop and maintain partnerships and resources across all the geo beats. The commander, with input from the lieutenant, prioritizes problems across all beats for long range planning and allocates available resources to solve them. This ensures the most effective deployment of county resources.
We invite you to get to know the sergeant assigned to your geo beat, and to contact them directly with issues your community is facing. To learn more, visit Who Patrols My Neighborhood, where you can obtain the name, e-mail link, and direct telephone number for the sergeant assigned to each area. Please remember that these are non-emergency numbers.