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Community Oriented Policing

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Community Oriented Policing, as practiced by the Millbrae Police Bureau, is a value driven policing philosophy that, at its core, embraces a partnership between our community and the Police Bureau. Should you visit our department, you will not find Community Oriented Policing written as a specific program nor will you find a Community Oriented Policing Officer or Unit.

Our Community Oriented Policing philosophy is based upon what we prefer to call a Value Based Policing philosophy which involves every member of the organization.

Our goals in relationship to this philosophy include:

  • To promote safe, secure neighborhoods which are free of crime and/or the fear of crime, and absent of blight that breeds crime.
  • To promote citizen involvement in partnership with us to resolve those problems and conflicts which adversely affect the quality of life of our community. 
  • To enhance communication between the citizens of our community, our department and our local government in general.

As part of this organizational philosophy, we have an organizational culture which encompass the following:

  • The Millbrae Police Bureau is a service organization where our primary function is to provide public safety related services which meet the needs and/or desires of our community.
  • The Millbrae Police Bureau considers itself as an integral part of the community of Millbrae.
  • Our community has a legitimate and fundamental obligation to be involved in policing our city.
  • We form true partnerships with the community’s various stakeholders in order to provide a better quality of life for those who live, work and/or visit our community.
  • Our organizational operations are strategic-based, anticipating and solving problems before the become major issues, rather than merely reacting to individual incidents.
  • Our effectiveness is determined by the level of public cooperation, servicing community needs and the resolution of community problems.

In the City of Millbrae, a number of successful programs have arisen out of the Community Oriented Policing effort. Police Community Forums at different locations throughout the city and a booth at the Art and Wine Festival have served as an effective conduit for citizen input.

If you have any questions or you would like further information about the Community Oriented Policing program, please contact Special Services at 650-259-2300.