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Eden Area Community Policing

This description of community policing services was written in 2005. In 2017 community policing services were redefined and reorganized. Since then the sheriff's department has been asked repeatedly for a description of the new organizatdion and an accurate description of current services, but has not done so. Minor modifications of the 2005 description have been made. (March 22, 2019)

Community-Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) provides directed patrols, bicycle patrols, community walks, community meetings, anti-graffiti flashlight patrols, identification and education in the use of community resources, and problem-solving guidance for anti-social problems. Contact the Eden Area Community Policing office at 667-7770.

If you have an on-going problem in your neighborhood, call the Community Policing office, not the Sheriff's dispatcher. Calling the dispatcher will likely bring a different officer each time, and these patrol officers are not in a position to resolve on-going problems.

Traditional police services respond to complaints of criminal activity in progress or crimes detected, or to requests for police assistance, such as writing a report on a vehicle accident. Citizens' calls to a central dispatcher are referred to officers who are nearest the scene and calls are given a priority based on the seriousness of the complaint and existing availability of officers.

Community policing focuses on resolving conditions that can lead to crime or that do not rise to the level of seriousness to qualify for traditional police responses.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Community Policing command serves the unincorporated areas of the county, principally the urban Eden Township. It has an office at 1530 167th Avenue in the Ashland district (mail address is San Leandro 94578). The Community Policing command includes a Special Duties Unit and a Crime Prevention Unit. Their work covers three broad categories.




[Originally prepared August 30, 2005; modified March 22, 2019]