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Community action is key for Midwest City police

BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Modified: August 10, 2010 at 10:02 am •  Published: February 24, 2010
MIDWEST CITY — The Midwest City Police Department is "not a traditional law enforcement agency,” Police Chief Brandon Clabes said.

A "key component” in the department’s role is community policing, Clabes said.

The department’s community action officers are assigned to monitor ongoing problems. They focus on preventing crime in businesses and in areas where people live in close proximity to each other, such as apartment complexes.

As part of the department’s PRIME (Problem Resource Identification Method Evaluation) approach, officers are instructed to watch for potential problems in the community and suggest solutions, Maj. Jack Kelley said.

One PRIME project was to suggest the purchase of first-aid kits for patrol cars. In case of an accident or other injury, "we’re usually always the first one there,” Kelley said.

Another example was that officers conducted a successful surveillance from a vacant apartment in an apartment complex that had been plagued with burglaries, Kelley said.

Recent improvements at the police department include a new crime lab and property room.

The city is in the process of installing video cameras in each of its 76 patrol cars.


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