Community Problem Oriented Policing

Community Problem-Oriented Policing

Our Community Problem Oriented Policing (CPOP) unit actively engages the diverse communities of Harris County in proactive efforts that build mutual trust and cooperation among law enforcement officers and every community member. The unit aims to understand the unique community challenges, empower community members, reduce crime, and support agency growth by improving the police delivery of service.

What is Problem-Oriented Policing?

Problem-oriented policing places a high value on new responses that are preventive in nature, that are not dependent on the use of the criminal justice system, and that engage other public agencies, the community and the private sector when their involvement has the potential for significantly contributing to the reduction of the problem.

Problem-oriented policing carries a commitment to implementing the new strategy, rigorously evaluating its effectiveness, and, subsequently, reporting the results in ways that will benefit other police agencies and that will ultimately contribute to building a body of knowledge that supports the further professionalization of the police. (Arizona State University – ASU Center of Problem Oriented Policing)

How does Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) deter crime and disorder?

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), pronounced ‘sep-ted’, is a multi-disciplinary approach of crime prevention that uses urban and architectural design and the management of built and natural environments. CPTED strategies aim to reduce victimization, deter offender decisions that precede criminal acts, and build a sense of community among inhabitants so they can gain territorial control of areas, reduce crime, and minimize fear of crime. Minimum CPTED standards include going beyond the traditional approach of dead bolts and window locks.

Please contact us at for a business/residential CPTED assessment by a CPOP Deputy from our team.

How can CPOP serve your community?

Addressing diverse problems that negatively impact communities, in order to improve the safety and security of citizens and their quality of life in Harris County. In addition, CPOP addresses diverse problems such as un-kept lots, residential improprieties, environmental concerns and business licensing regulations, as well as responding to crime problems as identified through crime analysis. Often, the CPOP also meets with the community members, encouraged the involvement of the community in the problem solving process.