Geo-policing works in Richland

Geo-policing works in Richland
RICHLAND, Wash. - Officer John McCauley, said, "Right now driving around there are some houses in this area that have had some trouble with them narcotics-related stuff, so we just try to make a presence."

That's an idea of the philosophy practice by Richland Police. Hit the streets everyday. Don't wait for a call to come in and react.

The city is carved up into 3 zones. Four officers are on each shift.
They patrol their "turfs", not the whole city. Officers get to know the ins and outs, who's coming and going.

Neighbor Bob Kitchen said, "Now that police have made their efforts and it's working, I'm glad we stayed."

Bob and his wife were going to move out of the north end of town, to the more affluent parts in South Richland. Crime had all but taken over his neighborhood. For Bob, police stepped it up just in time.

"Most of the activity in my community, my neighborhood has turned out to be a lot better off because these guys are just driving around and you can see them. It does make a difference," he said.

Don't just take Bob's word for it. Crime rates are trending down in Richland since geo-policing was put into place. Burglary has dipped 21 percent from last year until now. The number of thefts has taken a bigger dive, dropping 38 percent year to year. The number of robberies actually doubled, but it's still low compared to the city's population. Overall, the crimes in this category dropped four-percent.

For officers, geo-policing has kept them in the loop. They share vital information and save valuable time.

"You know what's going on in your district. The other officers who work the same districts as you do kinda give you a heads up," said Officer John McCauley

Keeping the department sharp and your community safe.

Richland Officers also make it a priority to check in with each school on a daily basis. This allows them to ensure the safety of kids on campus.