Police chief tells of that and other departmental changes
Madera Police Chief Steve Frazier and his staff have prepared an annual report on the police department, detailing what the department does, how it handles calls for service, dispatches its personnel and conducts investigations, how it operates a community policing program and how it has instituted a new philosophy of problem-solving, crime prevention and accountability.
Frazier told the City Council on Feb. 5 that the new approach had been largely successful.
“We discontinued the mail-out report,” he said. Formerly victims of burglaries and other property crimes were required to report their own crimes on a form mailed to them by the police department. He said that system was unpopular with the public, and as a result many victims chose not to report crimes. Frazier said he couldn’t blame them.
“If you are the victim of a crime we will now send an officer,” Frazier said. “No longer will you be required to self-report as a victim. The department recognizes the need to establish and foster relationships with the community and asking the community to self-report was counterproductive to that endeavor,” he says in a printed report provided to the council...