While apprehending criminals is one important goal of policing it is not necessarily the most important goal. Community Policing is dedicated to solving crimes and resolving citizens’ concerns by working with and gaining support from the community. The most effective solutions include coordinating relationships between the police, local government, citizens and local businesses to address the problems affecting the community.
The Sterling Police Department expects all officers to embrace and apply this philosophy in their daily work. Our department engages with the community in a variety of ways including: polls or surveys, town meetings and programs such as the Community Appreciation Night, Blue Santa, our Torch Run for Special Olympics and Kops 'N Kids to name a few. We fully understand that the community’s trust and respect are earned little by little.