For all the high tech wizardry that’s available to fight crime these days, the Kent Police have been working hard on one of the oldest tactics in the book — building stronger relationships with residents.
It’s easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest technology advances but at the risk of sounding too old fashioned, the Kent Police are investing more time than ever before in the people that they serve.
There’s some exceptionally powerful new surveillance equipment on the market but we’ve found that nothing beats the pairs of eyes of neighbors, motorists or dog walkers.
Call them old school, but with each step up in technology, the Kent Police are making sure those advances are balanced with stronger ties in the neighborhoods. The technology is a tool to serve people, not the other way around.
From the monthly Kent Public Safety series, hosted by the Kent Police, offering residents an inside look at specific public safety issues, to neighborhood meetings and increased foot and bike patrols, the Kent Police wants to get to interact more with the public before problems arise so that when public safety is at risk we know how to work together to keep our community safe.
The latest initiative in community building is the Inaugural Kent Police Academy.
The inaugural Kent Citizens Police Academy began last week with 20 area residents in attendance. The classes are held from 6 to 10 on Thursdays for the next 11 weeks. The academy will introduce participants to a wide variety of police practice, tactics and operations in order to garner trust and understanding of what the Police do each and every day, and equally important, what we can do to help them help us.
Kent is small enough (“right sized”) in population and geography that relationships can make a difference in preventing crime. The key is knowing how to work together to do that well — the Police Academy is the latest effort to practice the work of community.