Community outreach and engagement is at the core of what each Brooklyn Park police officer does during the course of their duties.
Community engagement officer
The Brooklyn Park Police Department is committed to improving its community relationships and creating transparency within its operations. This position, created in 2017, is focused full-time on interacting with the community so that everyone’s voice is heard. The community engagement officer works with community groups and department members to identify and solve public safety problems and organize programs and activities to help build positive relationships between the police and the community.
Joint Community Police Partnership (JCPP)
The JCPP was created in 2007 to enhance communication and understanding between law enforcement officers and diverse residents. By building trust and communication between the police and community members, we ultimately improve safety and livability in our communities.
The JCPP is a collaborative effort coordinated by Hennepin County that includes Brooklyn Park and the cities of:
- Brooklyn Center
- St. Louis Park
Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC)
The MAC is a key component of the JCPP. MAC members meet monthly with police to learn about current police activities and to discuss topics of importance in their communities. The meetings are an opportunity for two-way communication and are designed to enhance mutual understanding between the police and community.
Phone and email
Paula Van Avery
Email Paula Van Avery
BLUE (Blocks Learning to Unite and Engage) Blocks is a rebranding and continuation of a grant-funded research project we have worked on since 2013. The program works to empower neighbors to get to know each other and proactively address issues as well as to improve police legitimacy in the community. Ten neighborhoods have been selected based on their higher concentrations of crime. Teams are assigned to each neighborhood – including two patrol officers, a COPS officer, a crime prevention specialist and a patrol sergeant. Patrol officers work in these areas developing relationships during their discretionary time.
Play Safe Stay Safe
Through support from area businesses, the program was developed to provide our patrol division with fun tools to engage our youth and interact in a positive way with members of the community. Officers may keep a supply of footballs, basketballs, hula hoops and sidewalk chalk in their squad cars to hand out to people in the community during their discretionary time. The equipment is printed with the saying “Play Safe Stay Safe – Brooklyn Park Police Dept.”
Ride on Target
Officers who use this program have the opportunity to provide youth in our city with a bicycle, helmet and bike lock. The grant-funded program focuses primarily on those youth who have been the victim of a robbery where their bicycle was stolen or those youth who officers identify as in need and deserving.