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2007 Inspection Photo

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The Brighton Police Department serves over 34,000 residents within the 27 square miles of the Brighton City Limits.

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"This department is committed to the concept of Community Oriented Policing," says Police Chief Clint R Blackhurst. "It's a collaboration between police and community. The police no longer are the sole guardians of law and order; all members of the community become active allies in the effort to enhance the safety and quality of our neighborhoods."
 
Chief Blackhurst
Clint R Blackhurst
Chief of Police
 
In November 1997, the Brighton Police Department implemented a Community Resource Program to help aid in the department's continuing efforts in community policing. Community policing is a philosophy and an organizational strategy that promotes a new partnership between citizens and police. It is based on the premise that both the police and the community must work together to identify and solve problems such as crime, the fear it provokes and the social and physical disorder it creates. The overall goal is to improve the quality of life.

 
Community policing expands the police officer's "medic bag" significantly by replacing some of the "Band-Aids" with effective diagnostic, curative and preventive tools. Officers become community-based problem solvers who work directly with citizens making their neighborhoods a better and safer placed in which to work and live. The Community Resource Program assists the police department in these efforts by administering Neighborhood Watch, Crime Prevention and Senior Outreach Programs.

 
Crime Prevention is a simple and direct approach that protects the potential victim from criminal activity and by anticipating the possibility of criminal activity and reducing or eliminating the opportunity for it to occur. Crime Prevention aims to reduce criminal opportunity rather than attack either the criminal's desires or the criminal's skills.

 
Since 1995 the Brighton Police have been working closely with the local schools by assigning uniformed officers full time to places of learning. The officers not only serve as a deterrent to unlawful behaviors, but are available to assist the school with counseling students who have problems at home and outside the home. The officer at the school also teaches law-related classes which give students a better understanding of the criminal justice system.
In 1996 the police department also introduced a new bicycle patrol project. During the summer months, members of the bike patrol are assigned full-time to the parks and to special city events.

 
The Brighton Police Department also sponsors an annual Citizens' Police Academy where interested residents attend weekly sessions for eight to ten weeks to learn about the role of the police department.

 
The department's full-time staff is augmented with many volunteers who serve as Reserve Police Officers, Victim Advocates, and Police Explorer Scouts.
 

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Brighton,  80601
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