The Stoughton Police Department is committed to the tenets of community policing and ascribes to Sir Robert Peale’s belief that “the police are the community and the community are the police.” To that end, the department has developed many community policing initiatives designed to mitigate crime or improve the quality of life for the people of Stoughton.
Consider that the Stoughton Police do all of the following:
- Maintain a liason officer with the council on aging
- Maintain a dedicated School Resource Officer (SRO)
- Run a year round Junior Police Program known as the Explorers that includes a ten week academy
- Inspect Child Safety Seats every two weeks by appointment
- Are founding members of Organizing Against Substances in Stoughton (OASIS)
- Provide informational seminars on a range of topics from Risk Assessment, Gang Culture, What parents should know about drug abuse, Internet Safety, Bulliying, Alcohol Abuse, and Social Host Liability
- Provide Community Service Hours for local youth
- Maintain a fifteen officer mountain bike unit for resident complaints in those hard to reach areas
- Child fingerprinting at annual school fairs
- Maintain a seven member Honor Guard for town ceremonies and funerals of law enforcement or their families
- Run an annual raffle benefitting school PTSOs for elementary schoolers to be taken to school by the Chief of Police
- Join with the Stoughton Fire Department to raise money each year for Stoughton Youth Hockey by playing an annual charity game
In addition, the department has put on large scale safety fairs, had open houses at the Police Headquarters, organized disaster relief drives for other parts of the country, taken local youth on weekly mountain bike rides where bikes were provided free of charge, maintained an after school open gym program that gave children somewhere to go between the crucial hours of 3 and 5 pm.
Community Policing also involves you, the residents, letting us know what troubles may exist in your neighborhood. From speeding cars to house breaks, different neighborhoods have different issues and we want to know what they are.
Feel free to email us.
OASIS can be reached at http://www.stoughtonyouthcommission.org/staff.html .