Before addressing the "Vision for 2013," it is important to recognize the men and women of the Fayetteville Police Department for your continued hard work consistent with what FPD stands for, "Faith in Service, Pride in Commitment and Dedication to Excellence. 2012 was a year of challenges and change for the department and the community. As you recall, the 2012 Vision reminded us to stay committed to community policing and continue building on those relationships for engagement with partners who can assist with the social problems that lead to the underlying causes of crime, such as; mental health issues, narcotic and alcohol abuse, unemployment, poorly funded education systems, and a criminal justice system that works on overload. We were also reminded to lead by example, be responsible and accountable, and to be vigilant.
Although we accomplished many things in 2012 we will continue to face challenges due to the current economic situation. The 2009 Community Wellness Plan has been updated for 2013 and includes a number of new initiatives. These initiatives are based on the four original guiding principles that have served this department well for moving forward and include:
- Intelligence Led Policing
- Community Partnerships
- Crime Prevention
- Operational Efficiency
Community involvement is the cornerstone for our ability to make a difference collectively. It is the responsibility of each of you to build and develop relationships with all members of the Fayetteville community to include; businesses, faith based organizations, educational partners, neighborhoods, etc. For 2013, we will remain focused on our Community Wellness Plan utilizing those initiatives that worked and incorporating some fresh approaches for moving forward.
The initiative where we anticipate having the greatest impact is through the formation of a permanent Gun and Gang Violence Unit. This Unit will expand upon the current task force strategy and will remain focused on gun violence intervention and gang awareness education. Violent crime is a serious problem for this community. We have to take the matter to task using an aggressive intervention approach as well as educate community members on gun and gang violence prevention strategies. Thus far, the task force has been a very effective strategy for reducing gun violence by removing illegal firearms from offenders. This Unit will continue to rely on internal and external partners for successful outcomes.
Recruitment and retention remains a priority for the Department.We have developed some innovative strategies in our recruitment process. Our 2013 goal is to fully staff our sworn and non-sworn vacancies and retain qualified employees.
In preparation for welcoming a new Police Chief in 2013 we have spent the last six months working on process improvement initiatives. We have taken a hard look at ourselves internally and identified areas for improvement. Your command staff is very proud of each of you for remaining committed to the mission and focusing your efforts for making Fayetteville a safer community.