Community policing is a philosophy and an organizational strategy that promotes a new partnership between people and their police. It is based on the premise that both the police and the community must work together to identify, prioritize, and solve contemporary problems such as crime and fear of crime, drugs, social and physical disorder, and overall neighborhood decay, with the goal of improving the overall quality of life in the area.
It challenges all personnel to find ways to express this new philosophy in their jobs, thereby balancing the need to maintain an immediate and effective police response to individual crime incidents and emergencies with the goal of exploring new proactive initiatives aimed at solving problems before they occur or escalate.
Elements of Community Policing include: moving the officers from a position of anonymity in the patrol car to direct engagement with a community to give the officer more immediate information about problems unique to a neighborhood and insights into their solutions, making operations more visible to the public and to increase police accountability to the public, encouraging officers to view citizens as partners to improve relations between police and the public and developing a relationship between police and the public to encourage citizens to take some responsibility to prevent crimes and provide information to help solve crimes.
National Night Out
For more than 17 years, neighbors around the country have come together on the first Tuesday of August for National Night Out. NNO has been celebrated in Marquette County for the past ten years. Residents have hosted block parties for their neighbors and put on mini-carnivals to mark the event.
The purpose of National Night Out is to encourage neighbors to get to know one another better. The theory behind it is, if you know someone you are more likely to look out for that person and their property.
The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office is proud to have joined with the county’s other law enforcement agencies and senior citizens to form a Triad. Triad provides an opportunity for the exchange of information between law enforcement, senior citizens and senior service providers. It focuses on reducing unwarranted fear of crime and improving the quality of life for seniors. The program was established nationally in 1988 when an agreement was signed between AARP, the International Association of Chief of Police and the National Sheriffs' Association. There are currently more than 500 Triads nationwide. The Marquette County Triad agreement was signed in April of 1998. The first project the group took on was the File of Life. The File of Life is a red refrigerator magnet that holds a card with important medical information listed on it. This includes medications and any illnesses. The File of Life allows emergency personnel responding to a residence to know the patient's medical history, even if that person is unable to communicate with them. The group has also worked to warn the public when scams and frauds have been reported around the county. Through skits and presentations, seniors are given the tools to spot and stop a scam before they are taken in. After its first year in existence, Marquette County Triad was awarded the Volunteer Group of the Year award for the county.
If you have any questions or concerns that you would like Triad to address, you can contact the Aging Services, RSVP Department at 226-4184.