Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving
COPPS Unit is part of the Community Services section. COPPS
unit officers have a variety of responsibilities and are involved
in several programs that include, but are not limited to, Crime
Prevention, Nuisance Abatement, and Neighborhood Dispute Mediation.
The Crime Prevention Program provides such services as residential and commercial security surveys, presentations to community groups on crime prevention and related topics, coordinating neighborhood watch programs and providing statistical data to the public on request.
COPPS officers participate in the Community
Health Action Team (CHAT) which is a collaborative effort on
the part of the City's Building, Neighborhood Preservation,
Fire, Public Works, and Police Departments, as well as Alameda
County Housing. Working together, CHAT develops creative solutions
to issues ranging from blight to other public safety issues
or nuisances reported by members of the community.
The COPPS unit is often involved in, and
instrumental in resolving neighborhood disputes within the City.
These disputes range from chronic barking dog complaints to
neighbors disputing over a property fence line. Additionally,
the COPPS unit conducts or participates in presentations to
various groups and organizations.
The COPPS unit is also responsible for the
coordination of the Department's involvement in a variety of
community events including, the St. Anne's Festival, Our Lady
of the Rosary Festival and the annual Health Science & Earth
The police officers currently assigned to
the COPPS unit are Sergeant Matt Pardo, Officer Ryan Seto, Officer Bruce Vance, Officer Humberto Rodriguez and Officer Chris Lanier.