The Community Services Division is a multidimensional, all-encompassing division of the police department directly responsible for improving quality of life issues within the community. This division brings together residents, businesses, and city services every day to reach the common goal of city beautification, offering an exceptional quality of life. The community service division is comprised of the Inter-Departmental Enforcement Team (IDENT), School Resource Officers programs (SRO), and social services outreach section.
Activities of the Community Services Division include:
Coordinate city services to assist in the regulation of rental, vacant, and neglected properties
Remove or reduce blight i.e., graffiti, shopping carts, abandoned vehicles, litter, etc.
Organize and/or participate in community outreach projects i.e., Newport Night Out/Back to School Bash, Newport Trash Bash, School Supply Drive, etc.
Work with Newport Independent School District to maintain a safe learning environment, and establish long-lasting positive impressions of police officers
Partner with residents and businesses in efforts to bring parking and speeding issues to an optimal solution
Address persistent issues associated with animal and noise complaints
Direct resources to address quality-of-life issues brought forth by Newport residents, businesses, or city staff