The Police Department started an innovative program in 2011 called the Neighborhood Expert Officer (NEO) program. This program was part of the Department’s efforts towards becoming more involved in the neighborhoods in the City. The plan is to have an officer assigned to learn more about a neighborhood – identifying problems and concerns of the residents; identifying trouble properties; identifying parolees, sex offenders, and other criminals; and developing communications avenues with the residents.
The Department hopes that these inroads lead to perceptions of greater safety in neighborhoods and a willingness of residents to become engaged and involved with crime prevention strategies.