About COPS

Community policing consists of three key components: partnerships, problem solving and organizational transformation. The Bay City Department of Public Safety's delivery of police services contains all three components. The Bay City Department of Public Safety strives to develop partnerships with a wide variety of people and organizations throughout our community. We continually search for gaps in service and seek partnerships to address these gaps. We engage in community outreach through the delivery of educational and informational programs and through involvement in the community.

Citizen's District Councils
Our COPS officers actively work with the Citizen's District Councils (CDCs) in each neighborhood. The COPS officers regularly attend CDC meetings and seek input from the members. They share information regarding crime and disorder problems. They also provide crime prevention information to the members.

SARA Problem Solving
The entire Department of Public Safety utilizes the SARA problem solving method to Scan, Analyze, Respond to and Assess our efforts in dealing with identified problems. COPS officers proactively work with community members to prioritize problems in their neighborhoods to ensure that we address the issues that are impacting their quality of life. Abandoned houses, overgrown yards, public urination, disabled vehicles, barking dogs, loitering, and public drinking are just a few of the issues that have become the focus of combined police and community efforts. The focus of our efforts directs a great deal of our activities to low-to-moderate income neighborhoods.

The Bay City Department of Public Safety has developed partnerships with:
  • Boys' and Girls' Club of Bay County
  • Lake Huron Council of Boy Scouts
  • Bay City Public Schools
  • Bay County Probate Court
  • Bay City Branch of the Automobile Association of Michigan (AAA)
These Community Policing partnerships provided the vehicle for development and implementation of innovative programs that have received national recognition.