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The Danville Police Department restructured the Patrol Bureau as part of a continued focus on community policing.
The department began planning six months ago to implement Neighborhood Oriented Policing beginning January 4, 2021. The strategy of Neighborhood Oriented Policing (NOP) is not new to law enforcement but is new to Danville. The philosophy has four key elements:
“Neighborhood Oriented Policing is the next step for the Danville Police Department in continuing to build trust and legitimacy within our community,” said Chief Scott Booth. “With NOP, we will expand on the crime reduction and community engagement strategies that have worked in our city, but also focus more on specific neighborhood problems and solutions. That’s what Neighborhood Oriented Policing is all about — working collaboratively with the community to solve problems.”
Chief Booth established the role of area commanders in 2019. He assigned two captains geographic areas of responsibility — one to the north and one to the south area city. The department has further divided those areas into quarters (see map) designated by their directional location: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and Southwest.
As part of the restructuring, a lieutenant is assigned responsibility for each quarter and leads a team of supporting supervisors and officers who are assigned to that specific quarter. This presents a change from our previous structure in which a lieutenant led a platoon of officers who were assigned responsibility for the entire city for the duration of a particular shift.