BARNEGAT, NJ – The Barnegat Police Department once again made it to the top of the list as far as low crime rate last year in Ocean County. The local agency and Barnegat Police Chief Keith Germain have every intention of keeping it that way.
Germain took to Facebook Live on Tuesday evening and announced that the department had decided to adopt a precision policing model. Those who missed the Barnegat chief’s live presentation can watch it here: .
According to Germain, precision policing consists of two different components. The first focuses on forced enforcement. Local law enforcement officers are trained to be proactive when it comes to particular issues that actually are not the only issue for police.
““A very small percentage of the population that causes a very large percentage of the crimes and disorder,” said Germain.
The second part of the precision policing focuses on neighborhood policing, which integrates hyperlocal relationship building as a means of keeping things safe.
Barnegat is a community that covers approximately forty square miles and boasts a population nearing 25,000 people.
Germain and his team are breaking down the town into nine geographic zones. Two or three Barnegat police officers will be assigned to each of the zones. The goal is for officers to become familiar with neighborhoods – and residents to get to know their local patrol.
The plan is not intended to replace emergency responses, which should still go the 911 route. It’s more about looking at quality of life issues, that are often commonly reported to the township committee or on social media.
According to the Barnegat chief, he sees it as way for officers to become more involved in the community and streamline the process of solving problems. Germain says that studies discuss the value of positive non-enforcement contact with police officers.
“When police officers are out in the community, not enforcing or responding to a call setting, we get a lot more cooperation with the community and a lot more information exchange,” Germain shared. “We get a lot more support.”
The Barnegat Police Department plans to roll out the zone numbers, together with the names and email addresses of the assigned officers on October 6th. The information will become available on the department’s website – indexed alphabetically by each of the township’s 550 street names.
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