The Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving Unit was created through a policing philosophy that promotes and supports organizational strategies to address the causes of crime and social disorder through problem solving tactics and community partnerships. Community policing enables law enforcement to create close community relationships and use a proactive approach to problem solving.
The COPPS Unit consists of one Sergeant, two Deputies, two Community Services Officers (CSO) and Volunteers in Policing (VIP). The Deputies primary responsibilities are outreach to the community to gain knowledge and understanding of current events and issues. Working as a catalyst for residents to bring enforcement and resolution by targeting specific community problems such as street level drug dealing, problem houses, prostitution, homeless camps and school safety programs. They also assist other units within the department and work along side other agencies to solve problems.
The first CSO is primarily responsible for coordinating community related events such as Neighborhood Watch meetings, Hall of Justice and Jail Tours, Safety Fairs, and safety presentations for schools and other segments of the community. In addition, this CSO provides crime statistics to members of the public and performs general office duties.
The second CSO runs the Graffiti Removal component of the Unit. The primary responsibility of this position is removal of graffiti within the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County and work with land owners to prevent future incidences.
The VIP's assist with the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program by tagging and removing junk vehicles from county and private property as well as other duties as assigned.