In an effort to reduce crime and improve citizen satisfaction with police services, the Salisbury Police Department (SPD) has expanded its use of foot patrols in five key neighborhoods across the city: West End Community (Fulton St. to Brenner Ave. and Lincolnton Rd. to West Innes St.), Fairview Heights (Harrel St. area), Brooklyn South Square (S. Long St. to MLK and East Innes St.), Park Ave. (East Innes St. to Bringle Ferry Rd. and North Long St. to the I-85 bridge), Fulton Heights (Fulton St. to Jake Alexander Blvd. and Lincolnton Rd. to Mooresville Rd.).
This pilot program will be evaluated after 90 days, and then expanded to include other neighborhoods across the city. As part of this program, SPD will implement Stratified Policing, which is an evidence-based policing strategy designed to reduce crime through geographic ownership of neighborhoods and problem solving.
“On-foot patrols are the oldest form of police patrol,” said Police Chief Jerry Stokes, who views an increase in foot patrols as a step in the right direction for his department. “Citizens are more likely to talk to the police and share their concerns when they feel comfortable with a police presence.”
Chief Stokes added that the use of foot patrols is an example of the department’s commitment to evidence-based policing, citing a recent study by researchers at Temple University. The study found that foot patrols reduced short-term crime and improved relationships with the community through officer visibility and citizen engagement.
Officers at all levels of the agency will be allowed participate in this initiative. The program goals include a minimum of one neighborhood walking revolution within a 12-hour work shift and the documentation of citizen contacts.
“We are fully committed to establishing positive relationships with the people we serve” added Chief Stokes.