Sherwood Police Department
The Sherwood Police Department was established in 1964 by City Ordinance #131, which provided for one full-time Officer. Since then, the Department has grown to seventy two sworn Officers, thirteen communications Officers, and fifteen support staff. The Police Department is responsible for the enforcement of traffic and criminal laws as well as City ordinances. The City of Sherwood has the third lowest crime rate in the State.
In addition to providing our citizens with a safe place to live, we also provide many community oriented programs that get our Officers involved personally. These include our Community Oriented Policing & Problem Solving program, or (COPPS), the law enforcement Explorer Post lead by COPPS Officers in cooperation with the Boy Scouts, COPS Kids Program, Smarter Choices, Better Chances, (SCBC) program, School Resource Program, and Citizen Police Academy.
Our COPPS program assigns Officers to specific neighborhoods within the City of Sherwood. Working closely with community leaders, each COPPS Officer becomes aware of the specific problems and concerns of citizens in that neighborhood. Officers are encouraged to work to improve the neighborhood and to personally reach out to residents. Through the COPPS program our Officers do much more than enforce the laws, they volunteer in community-based projects, serve as neighborhood advocates with our elected officials, and intervene in minor disputes as requested.
The Children on Patrol in Sherwood, or COPS Kids program was created in the summer of 1998. It is designed for children ages eight to fourteen, and teaches them about peer pressure, bike safety, avoidance of drugs, and basic volunteer values. Children who participate in the program help keep public areas of the city clean, check-in on senior citizens with special needs, and assist by handing out flyers for promotion of citywide events. They are also eligible to participate in the Youth Police Academy, which teaches them about law enforcement as a career.
The School Resource program assigns Officers to elementary, junior high and high schools in the community. The goal of the program is to work with kids at an early age to discourage them from inappropriate behaviors in school, and drug and substance abuse education. Through the SCBC program, School Resources Officers communicate the negative effects and consequences of drug and substance abuse. Officers are present every day that school is in session, and attend all of the after-school events including football, basketball, and baseball games. The program is designed to give these young children a positive role model, and someone they can speak with about personal issues and peer pressures they face.
The Citizen Police Academy is designed to develop positive relations between the Sherwood Police Department and the community through education. With additional knowledge about the challenges of law enforcement, citizens have the potential to positively influence public opinion about policing practices and services offered by the department. Citizens will also gain an appreciation of the problems faced by law enforcement, and have an opportunity to contribute ideas regarding solutions to these challenges. The Academy's instructors are officers and personnel from the Sherwood Police Department. The Professional Standards Division of the department offers the Citizen Police Academy as an outreach program.