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. The cameras give accurate accounts of events and help protect officers against false allegations, Clabes said. Upcoming technological improvements are to include a management system for the police department’s records and upgrades of its mobile computers. Late this year or early next year, city officials plan to add a computerized citation system to reduce the use of paper, Clabes said. When writing a traffic ticket, the police officer would scan the person’s driver’s license to enter the ticket into the computerized records management system. The person would get an electronically printed slip, Clabes said. The department has 93 commissioned officers, 26 of them with 20 or more years of experience, Kelley said.