‘Show Me City’ salutes MCPD during National Police Week
Communities around the nation recently saluted their first responders in blue in recognition of National Police Week. Missouri City joined the nationwide effort.
To highlight the excellence of Missouri City’s Finest and their commitment to serving the citizens, MCPD members were presented a City Council Proclamation at the Monday, May 6, Regular Meeting by Mayor Yolanda Ford. A video of the presentation can be seen at http://bit.ly/2Hbemul.
The city’s police department is comprised of 105 sworn officers and 44 civilian staff, manages crime prevention and safety programs, maintains an open data initiative, oversees Code Enforcement and is dedicated to building community partnerships. To learn more about the Department’s award-winning operations, go to www.missouricitypolice.org.
An ongoing focus on public safety by “Show Me City” residents, City Council members, staff and stakeholders is a key reason Missouri City has been recognized nationally. Missouri City is also the only Platinum Scenic City in the region, thanks in large part to greenspaces and strict development regulations.
To further set the Police Department apart as a leader in law enforcement, Missouri City earned “Re-Recognized Accreditation Status” for the third time in 2017. Police Chief Mike Berezin said “this accomplishment is significant in that roughly 2,000 municipal police organizations are eligible for this recognition, only 146 have been recognized, only 58 have been recognized twice and only 23 in the State have been recognized three times and the Missouri City Police Department is among those that have achieved this status.”
The accreditation program is conducted by the Texas Police Chiefs Association, which audits agencies to gauge their compliance with 164 Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices. These practices were developed by state law enforcement professionals to assist entities in the efficient and effective delivery of service, the reduction of risk and the protection of individual’s rights.
Innovative strategies, community partnerships and prevention programs have helped MCPD reduce crime to record lows citywide in the past five years, Berezin said.
Berezin, a 30-year veteran of the city’s police department, pointed out that one of MCPD’s programs — DDACTS (Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety) — has been essential to achieving crime reduction goals.
The initiative is aimed at reducing the incidence of crime, crashes and traffic violations by drawing on the deterrent of highly visible traffic enforcement and the knowledge that crime often involves the use of motor vehicles.
The department’s public safety initiatives are so effective that many of the worst felonies, classified as Part 1 crimes, dropped double digits over the past five years.
The city’s Police Department also manages Code Enforcement. In Fiscal Year 2018, Code Enforcement officers conducted more than 14,500 inspections. That is almost 1,200 inspections per month; a significant metric given that the City’s Code division only has a staff of 8 officers, and one supervisor.
This performance is reflective of the priority City Manager Anthony J. Snipes and his team has placed on maintaining the Platinum Scenic City status through the Nuisance Abatement Team, which consists of members of Code Enforcement, the Police Department, Municipal Court, Development Services, the City Manager’s Office, Communications and the Legal Department.
The performance is also reflective of the widespread utilization of SeeClickFix by residents citywide; this online reporting tool allows citizens to assist staff by directly notifying the City of potential code issues, thereby helping to improve operational efficiencies.
“The safety of our citizens and the community at-large is a strategic priority and I commend Chief Berezin and his team for using innovative programs like DDACTS, for earning the competitive re-accreditation designation, for their transparency in reporting and for the high quality of service they provide to our residents and businesses,” Snipes said.
Another key performance component in the Police Department is community engagement, resulting in the “Show Me City”:
Making SafeHome.org’s 2017 list of the Safest Cities in the U.S., ranking No. 13 in Texas.
Ranking among the top safest municipalities in Texas by the Home Security Advisor, an online resource website. The “Show Me City” was listed at No. 42 among all cities rated in the report and at No. 5 among cities with a population of 50,000 or more; learn more:http://bit.ly/2PYNbpp.
Earning the No. 30 rank in a list of 136 Texas cities rated by Alarms.org, the official site of the National Council for Home Safety and Security—an association of licensed alarm companies, installers, contractors and trade groups. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2JBTfmp.
These accolades and MCPD’s longstanding partnerships illustrate why their reform initiative DDACTS and other programs like it have helped the city maintain its safe streets in all areas. The achievements serve as a foundation that elected officials, citizens and stakeholders can build on for decades to come.
“The city has achieved so much by being proactive and not reactive, by leveraging our resources and by building on our partnerships,” Snipes said. “And through it all, we never lose sight of our city credo — Together, we excel!”