JPD issues five-year plan running through 2020

    The plan establishes a number of goals including reducing crime and improving the prevention of crime. A sub-goal there is geographic policing.

    Posted Thursday, May 19th, 2016 6:30pm by Lance David

    The Juneau Police Department has formulated a five year plan issued just recently that will run through 2020.

    Chief Bryce Johnson outlined the plan while a guest on Action Line this week.

    The plan establishes a number of goals including reducing crime and improving the prevention of crime.

    A sub-goal there is geographic policing.

    "Geographic policing is where you have an officer responsible for a piece of real estate," explained Johnson. "Wherever you live, you have an officer responsible for your neighborhood. We don't have that model right now. I think it's important; it brings confident and trust to the community, and also allows the officer to get to know the area quite well. I think it's the better way of doing it."

    Increasing traffic safety is another goal.  Bicycle and pedestrian safety campaigns are planned in the future as part of that goal.

    Enhancing recruitment and retention of personnel is identified as a chief goal.

    Under that goal is a desire to begin a police explorer program within the next five years.

    "Sometime in the next five years, we want to establish a police explorer program. We had an explorer program here in Juneau years ago, and a couple of the officers we have working for us now who are very, very good came through that explorer program. It also helps us build relationships, especially with teenage youth. The explorer program would involve having 15 to 18 year olds - and for the police 19 and 20, because you can't become an officer until you're 21 - that we'd meet with regularly and go through some training and competitions. They run around the country and different teams from different jurisdictions get together and compete in traffic stops or serving warrants. That's something we want to get established."

    Other goals identified in the strategic plan include promoting positive internal relationships, accountability and open communication; obtaining
    technology that is smaller, mobile, and able to multitask; and maintaining fiscal responsibility.

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