Police department will begin community oriented policing

Police in Hazard are asking citizens to keep a watchful eye for crime in the community and they are giving them plenty of resources to do it.

It is an initiative Hazard P.D. will use to focus on community-oriented policing.

Police Chief Minor Allen says it’s not a new idea, community oriented policing has been around for years, but now he wants to focus more on that to help put a stop to crime in Hazard.

Chief Allen has only held this position since the beginning of the year, but he's already determined to make change.

He decided to get the community involved.

“By co-operation with your community like that, you are getting better information, information quicker,” Chief Allen said.

Now the citizens of Hazard will be able to submit anonymous tips via the web or in "tip boxes" the chief plans to place around town. He says this will help make his department and the citizens of Hazard more aware of crime.

So far he says they've seen a positive response and volunteers have been happy to help.

Chief Allen says he knows this won't put a stop to all crime in the community, but he hopes it puts a dent in one of the biggest problems here in Hazard and he says that's drugs.

In addition to boxes and online tips, Hazard Police are holding community meetings to discuss problems in the area.

Their next meeting will be held on February 29th at Roy G. Eversole Middle School.

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