The neighborhood police officer program has been in place for many years in Fort Worth but not every citizen is aware of it.
Recently, NBC2 News reported on how Fort Worth residents have praised the neighborhood police program.
Although the program has been running for about 25 years, Fort Worth is the only community in north Texas to adopt it.
The TV station report noted many residents say that the Neighborhood Police Officer program is making a major difference in fighting crime on the streets.
It has adapted to new technology and now makes considerable use of social media.
Sgt. Brent Halford of Fort Worth Police said every beat has an officer who acts as the liaison with the police department. He said:
“Citizens have their phone number and some social media. It’s just one face they can go to with any police problem the neighborhood has.”
Halford and Officer Sergio Guadarrama act as the NPOs for the Fairmount / Ryan Place communities reported NBC 2.
They develop close ties with members of the community. Halford said the officers know the first name of the manager at each business.
He said the relationship is advantageous because business owners are not afraid to call the police when something goes wrong.
The TV report noted the relationship between local people and neighborhood police officers proved advantageous in the fall of 2017 when a rash of burglaries to cars was reported.
Halford said as soon as the crimes started occurring police could see local residents talking about them on social media. They quickly gained an idea of who the suspects were.
The positive headlines for Fort Worth police came during a tough year for the city’s police. In July, the Fort Worth Police Officers Association piled the pressure on the police department when it said morale under Chief Joel Fitzgerald hit an all-time low.
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