Neighborhood Oriented Policing

Danville utilizes Neighborhood Oriented Policing (NOP). In this model, a lieutenant is assigned responsibility for each quarter and leads a team of supporting supervisors and officers who are assigned to that specific quarter. The key elements of NOP are:

  • Geographic responsibility: the idea that a group of officers should take responsibility for meeting as many of the needs of a particular area as possible and facilitate communication between officers and the community they serve.
  • Problem-solving: early identification and analysis of problems allows police to develop “tailor made” solutions to their specific community
  • Community consultation: police obtain the community’s views and work together to prevent crime.
  • Decentralized command and consumerism: decentralization of command gives the quarter lieutenant operational decision-making authority wherever possible; consumerism is the idea that citizens deserve high quality police services.