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The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has concluded its work with the Pasco Police Department and commended the Department in its efforts to improve community relations.
In a letter dated today, COPS Deputy Director Robert Chapman acknowledged the conclusion of the assistance that the Department requested in May 2015. The help from COPS fell into five main areas: peer-to-peer exchanges, training, community engagement, social media, and recommendations. The PPD has been addressing the recommendations from the COPS office in its “Recommendations on Advancing Community Policing in the Pasco Police Department” released last year; some of the notable items include:
COPS Deputy Director Chapman stated in the letter “…Since May 2015, the PPD has been making great strides to improve the relationship with the community and the communication throughout the agency. The PPD is actively engaging with the community through social media in an impressive manner and becoming a standout agency for its presence…All of these efforts were coordinated, prepared, and executed through the dedication, commitment, and assistance from the personnel at the PPD. The COPS Office has been honored to provide technical assistance support to the PPD, and we commend you on your efforts.”
City Manager Dave Zabell said “The City thanks the DOJ for their valuable assistance which has helped bring the community together since the events of 2015. The Department, along with the community partners, have grown together to better serve all the residents of Pasco.”
The letter from the COPS office can be view via the link below.