The Bay City Department of Public Safety implemented the Community Officers Patrolling Streets (COPS) program in September of 1990. The objective was to proactively reduce crime, fear of crime, and establish a sense of neighborhood safety and responsibility in resolving problems. The Bay City Public Safety Department continues to fill these objectives with the Community Policing Unit.
The 1970s marked the era of "professional" policing. Standardized testing and hiring combined with scientific criminal investigative techniques, helped increase the professionalism of police departments.