District Policing FAQ’s
The Green Bay Police Department’s District Policing Plan:
Frequently Asked Questions
Exactly what is district policing?
District Policing is an organizational structure and method of assigning police resources in a more efficient way. Decisions regarding police resources are data driven with an increased emphasis on crime analysis. The district model is built on the success of community policing teams throughout the city. It is intended to involve all members of the department instead of a few specialized units. Under the district policing model, patrol officers will be assigned the same part of the city on a more consistent basis. This will provide officers an increased familiarity with the areas they patrol.
One of the advantages of community policing is the familiarity that the public has with their community officer, mainly because the community officer is assigned to the same area every day. District policing means that patrol officers will also be assigned, for the most part, to the same area every day, creasing their familiarity with the community as well.
How will district policing affect me and my family?
The Green Bay Police Department has developed this strategy to provide better, more efficient service. It is our hope that by reorganizing and allocating our resources in a more efficient way, we can provide better, more personal service to the community.
• Officers should be more familiar with the areas they patrol
• Citizens should have an increased familiarity with the officers who patrol their neighborhood
• Police will detect problems and crime patterns and trends more quickly
• Officers should have more time to engage in proactive patrol, rather than simply respond to calls
Who’s in charge of the districts?
Each district will be assigned a captain. The district captain will monitor activity in their district and allocate resources accordingly. The district captain will make use of crime analysis combined with community concerns to make decisions on how best to serve the public. See attached map for the district boundaries.
District A-Adam: Captain Joe Deuster
District B-Bravo: Captain Bill Bongle
District C-Charles: Captain Jim Runge
District D-David: Captain Bill Galvin
How was the district boundaries determined?
Data analysis has been used to determine the district boundaries. Factors such as police call volume, natural boundaries (like the Fox River), population density and nuisance activity were all considered in drawing the district boundaries.
How will the community policing officers be affected?
Community policing officers will remain assigned to neighborhoods and will continue to work on long term neighborhood problems. One thing that that will change is the community officer’s chain of command. Under the traditional system, one Lieutenant and one Captain managed a team of 12 community officers and 6 neighborhood response team officers. Under the district policing model, community officers will report directly to the captain of the district they are assigned.
How can I find out what district I live in?
Please see the attached map. If you have internet access, you can go to www.gbpolice.org and click on the district map.
What’s the best way for me to contact the police?
• Emergencies and requests for an officer to respond remain the same.
• Emergencies 911
• Non emergency 920-448-3200
• Other phone numbers are available on the police department’s website at www.gbpolice.org
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• Sign up to receive NIXLE email and/or text alerts. Click on the NIXLE logo on our webpage to sign up.
If you have a specific concern about a long term neighborhood problem, you can contact the community officer for the district you live in. You may also reach the District Captain for your district by navigating to the Green Bay Police Department’s website at www.gbpolice.org . Click on “districts”.
If I am reporting an incident from a location other than where it occurred, who should I call?
Call the police as described above. Nothing changes here for the citizen requesting service. Our staff will notify the appropriate response units.
If one district has a large festival or event, will this draw police resources from my neighborhood?
Each district will be staffed daily to meet the needs of the community. Special events are generally staffed with additional personnel, assigned specifically to that event. While special events do tax our resources, no one neighborhood will be adversely affected or have it staffing reduced.