Community policing is an organizational-wide philosophy utilized by the Sebastian Police Department that promotes partnerships with the community, proactive problem-solving, and community engagement to address the causes of crime and other community issues. The Sebastian Police Department is committed to the philosophy of community-oriented policing and to improving the quality of life for all citizens of the City of Sebastian. The COPE Unit is the department’s section dedicated to community policing activities.
The mission of the COPE Unit is to create partnerships between the community and the Sebastian Police Department, to develop and employ proactive crime prevention strategies, and to promote the Department’s resources to the community. One of the tools the COPE Unit uses to engage with the community is the Community Outreach Trailer. The COPE Unit hosts events throughout the city where members meet with citizens, distribute crime prevention materials, and build relationships in order to create a lasting environment of cooperation between the police and the citizens of Sebastian.