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Policing Strategies <br /> The Worcester Police Department uses various law enforcement strategies to address crime and <br /> disorder and we adjust our approaches as needed. We will continue to enhance our strategies of <br /> community policing, utilize new technology and work with our community partners to address <br /> issues of crime and promote the highest level of public safety. <br /> The department's focus for 2017 will be to continue reducing violent crime and property crime <br /> along with addressing traffic issues and improving quality of life in neighborhoods. <br /> Our command staff will continue to direct resources to areas of the city based on community <br /> feedback and current crime trends. These efforts include weekly meetings to analyze recent <br /> criminal activity and emerging crime trends along with an emphasis on information gathered <br /> from interacting with local businesses and residents. Neighborhood Watch Meetings are critical <br /> to preventing crime and maintaining quality of life in the neighborhoods. We will continue to <br /> provide resources to support the city's 52 neighborhood watch groups. Officers will continue to <br /> attend meetings and document citizen complaints and stated concerns after each meeting. The <br /> meetings are an opportunity to improve police-citizen communication and allow officers to more <br /> effectively use and share crime information with the public. <br /> Through our Neighborhood Response Team we will continue to work collaboratively with our <br /> city partners and use problem solving strategies to prevent crime. Officers will frequently <br /> interact with residents and business owners to identify problems that impact quality of life. The <br /> members of the NRT are assigned to develop a response to the issues identified in an area with <br /> the goal of completely eliminating the problem. This calendar year we are able to expand the <br /> number of officers in this unit in order to target and assist more neighborhoods and allow officers <br /> to spend more time in these areas to prevent issues from reoccurring. <br /> Technology also helps to manage resources, identify patterns of crime and ultimately reduce <br /> crime. New technology such as ShotSpotter and the Real Time Crime Center plays a role in the <br /> daily work of our officers and provides them with investigative tools that make them better <br /> informed and prepared on the street. Through ShotSpotter the department is able to identify <br /> where gunfire is occurring. Officers are able to respond faster to gunshot calls, canvass the area <br /> and gather information and evidence more efficiently from knowing the precise location of <br /> gunfire. A group of officers are assigned to thoroughly investigate each incident reported and are <br /> visible in neighborhoods after a shooting occurs. <br /> The Worcester Police Department along with our partners on a local, state and federal level will <br /> continue to focus on preventing violent crime. Members of the Worcester Police Street Violence <br /> Prevention Group meet monthly with our law enforcement partners to collaborate and exchange <br /> information on addressing violence and identifying active violent offenders. <br /> The Worcester Youth Violence Prevention Initiative launched by Mayor Joseph Petty and City <br /> Manager Edward Augustus has shown positive results in reducing youth violence by using a <br />