The goal of neighborhood policing is to encourage increased interaction between residents and police officers so that issues and concerns may be addressed before they become real problems or crimes. Neighborhood policing means stronger relationships and increased trust between residents and the police officers who serve and protect them. In order to better serve the residents of Somerville the City invested in two neighborhood police substations: an East Substation and a West Substation.
The Neighborhood Police Officer Unit consists of one Sergeant and seven police officers. Each of the seven officers are assigned to a specific ward in the City so to have first hand knowledge of the problems within that ward, as well as direct communications with the ward aldermen. These officers are flexible so that they can attend community activities. Neighborhood policing is an innovative way of focusing on the underlying conditions that often are the cause of crime and repeated calls for service. Neighborhood Policing is both a philosophy and an organizational strategy that allows the officers to work with residents to solve problems in the neighborhood.
Residents are urged to contact the neighborhood police officers by phone or email to discuss any concerns or simply to get to know your neighborhood officer.