Neighborhood Oriented Policing

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As a result of a strategic planning process, the Greensboro Police Department (GPD) has adopted Neighborhood Oriented Policing (NOP) as an agency-wide philosophy. The goal is to align geography, officers and workload to better serve you, the public. By dedicating the same officers to your area, they get to know you better and work with you more to solve problems and improve quality of life.

Although the philosophy of NOP is simple, the work behind it is not. How many officers in are need in a certain place and during what times? How do we determine zone boundaries?

This Neighborhood Oriented Policing (NOP) Plan is the product of two years of analysis into the practices and operations of the police department. It includes a comprehensive staffing study conducted with the assistance of Peter Bellmio, a nationally recognized subject matter expert, and a detailed Problem Oriented Policing (POP) implementation plan funded in part from a US Department of Justice grant, in partnership with Dr. Rachel Santos. The staffing study and POP are based on rigorous and sound analysis of data and research.

When NOP is fully implemented, the City will have smaller zones in its patrol divisions. Each geographic area will have a team of patrol officers, supervisors, managers and commanders dedicated to it. The officers will work as a dedicated team alongside you – the people who live and work in that zone – on a consistent basis. They will know you; you will know them. By building strong relationships with each other, together we will make Greensboro an even better city!

Learn more about NOP in this newsletter.

Also, find out what zone your neighborhood is in using this map or the Our Communities page.

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