The official blog of the Meridian Township Police Department, Michigan
As part of the Department's community policing effort, officers are assigned to neighborhoods in addition to their normal patrol duties. Most neighborhoods have a neighborhood leader who acts as a contact point for the officer. Generally, the leader is involved in Neighborhood Watch or is a participant in the neighborhood association. One important way for officers to learn about neighborhood concerns and communicate information to the residents is regular contact with the neighborhood leaders. The Police Department hosted quarterly neighborhood meetings to allow the leaders to express concerns and for the Department to inform leaders of ongoing developments within the community.
The capstone every year for community policing is National Night Out. This is held the first Tuesday in August. National Night Out strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; furthermore, it sends a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.