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620 W Division St
P.O. Box 1065
Arlington, TX 76004-1065

Phone: 817-459-5700

 
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From the Chief

From the Chief


Community policing is the cornerstone of all we do at the Arlington Police Department. Our Vision Statement reads, "To achieve a safer community by providing excellent service and involving our community as partners." Successful community policing requires:
  • Citizen involvement in problem solving;
  • Comprehensive accountability fixed at the geographic level; and
  • Timely, interactive communication.

Community policing is a key crime reduction tool. The community policing model may involve officers attending a neighborhood meeting with parents, and simultaneously citing their children for traffic violations.

Perhaps one of the best examples of true "Community Policing" occurred in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. APD officers and professional staff joined forces with other city departments for a full activation of the Emergency Operations Center. Instead of simply providing security at local shelters, we actively participated in helping citizens transition from shelter residency to becoming new members of our community, new students at our schools, and new employees at our businesses.

APD employees partnered with the Star-Telegram, the Chamber of Commerce, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Texas Workforce Solutions, Arlington Independent School District, and countless volunteers from charitable and faith-based organizations for several job and resource fair events. In fact, our participation, presence, and logistical expertise demonstrated at the job fair held at the Arlington Convention Center so impressed executives at the Star-Telegram that they committed to holding future job fairs in Arlington. I was so proud to see so many APD employees answer this call for help. We have received numerous emails and letters from citizens displaced by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita thanking us for our assistance and protection.

The Arlington Police Department has an internationally recognized reputation for innovation and effectiveness in the law enforcement arena. To maintain this tradition of excellence, we'll continue to encourage open communication, while relying heavily on the well-established pillars of respect, teamwork, leadership, and service. APD will continue to professionally, compassionately, and simply do the job better than anyone else. Together, we can achieve what we cannot do alone.

Will Johnson

Chief of Police

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