Community Policing Week celebrated

This is a great week for the New Bedford Police Department and our counterparts across the state.

Gov. Charlie Baker has proclaimed Oct. 15-21 as Community Policing Week.

The proclamation reflects his support of the community policing philosophy, which “encourages interactive partnerships with all our relevant stakeholders, including community groups, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and businesses,” according to the proclamation issued by the governor’s office.

“The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and its member police chiefs from across this great Commonwealth remain strongly committed to the advancement of community policing principles and engagement,” the proclamation reads.

Community policing is a cornerstone of the New Bedford Police Department. From a range of community events, including High Five Friday, Coffee with a Cop and the Citizens Police Academy, to everyday interactions with citizens, the New Bedford Police Department works in partnership with the city’s residents, organizations and businesses every day.

“The community policing philosophy is the catalyst that brings police and the community to work together and see each other as the same members of a community working collectively,” Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro said. “I am very proud of the work of our men and women in the realm of our community policing efforts to build meaningful relationships with our community, developing resolutions to citizen concerns and working together to better our city, a city of one. We continue to work towards a department-wide acceptance of the community policing philosophy and the development of quality practitioners in our daily interactions with the community. ”