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HISTORY OF GEOGRAPHIC POLICING IN IRVINE:
In an effort to continuously improve the quality of service the Irvine community deserves, the Irvine Police Department transitioned to Geographic Policing on May 24, 2003. Irvine was been divided into three distinct geographic areas, each containing a combination of residential, commercial, and public spaces. After much discussion, research, input from members of the Department and the community, and based on their geographic location, the names selected for each area became “Portola,” “University” and “Crossroads.”
HOW DOES GEOGRAPHIC POLICING WORK:
Each of the areas are lead by an Area Commander supported with a cadre of supervisors, Patrol officers, Traffic officers, Investigators and civilian support staff, all of whom are tasked with working toward preventing community safety issues and quickly and effectively resolving issues as they evolve. This change allows for patrol officers, investigators and traffic officers to be assigned to the same geographic area for a “one year” time period. This will make these personnel more familiar with the people that live and work in that area while giving them “ownership” for an entire geographic area.
Although the officers may move from area to area within a shift based on the entire city needs they will be held accountable for those issues in their area. A special emphasis will be placed on “Quality of Life” issues that affect each of these communities such as traffic, noise and vandalism. Working on these issues help to reassure our community members that we work and live in one of the safest cities in the nation. These changes strengthen our “partnership” mission and our Values of providing quality of service, integrity, respect and accountability. We encourage you to visit the “geographic areas” portion of this website by clicking on the map. This will let you meet the Area Commanders and learn more about geographic policing in each area of the City.
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