June 4, 2012
The Albemarle County Police Department wants you to get to know your local policeman. The county is switching how it assigns police officers to daily shifts by moving to a geo-policing or community policing approach.
The idea is to get officers more deeply involved in a small community, building trust with residents, and to prevent crime before it happens.
“Instead of a reactive approach to fighting crime and addressing crime issues, this is a more proactive way of looking at crime problems and dealing with criminal activity and crime trends,” said Lt. Peter Mainzer of the Albemarle County Police.
The switch won’t begin until later in the summer and police are hoping the switch it fully implemented by the end of the year.
Roanoke and Richmond have both switched to the community based approach and have reported significant drops in violent crime.