ABOVE VIDEO: CRO David Porter discusses what it’s like to be a Community Resource Officer for Palm Bay Police Department.
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Community Resource Officer David Porter discusses what it’s like to be a Community Resource Officer for Palm Bay Police Department and why he loves being out in the community.
The Palm Bay Police Department has recognized the need for cooperation with the community it serves. Community policing is a collaborative effort between the police and the community that identifies problems of crime and disorder and involves the elements of the community in the search for solutions to these problems.
It is founded on close, mutually beneficial ties between police and community members. Effective community policing has a positive impact on reducing neighborhood crime, helping reduce the fear of crime, and enhancing the quality of life in the community.
It accomplishes these things by combining the efforts and resources of the police, local government, and community members.
The Community Resource Unit addresses long term community concerns. Occasionally some calls cannot be suitably resolved by road patrol response, and when these calls repeatedly surface, the Community Resource Officer is brought in to try to find a long-term solution.
By building relationships with the residents of his/her neighborhood, residents begin to feel comfortable and trust the officer with different community-related topics.
Officers speak to neighborhood groups, participate in business and civic events, consult with social agencies, and take part in education programs for school children.