Goal #1

Enhance the Effectiveness of the DeSoto Police Department’s Community Engagement through the Use of Non-Sworn Community Service Officers

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1. Hire non-sworn community service officers (CSO’s)

2. Create a shift schedule and duty responsibilities for CSO's that compliments and supplements the patrol officers

3. Create a beat schedule for each CSO that includes regular check-ins with HOA’s, neighborhoods, and businesses

4. Set up introductory meetings with HOA's, neighborhoods, the DeSoto Chamber, Clergy, and other groups to build relationships with the new CSO’s

5. Develop standard operating procedures for handling public safety related commentary on social media for follow up by a CSO

6. Create engagement strategies with community and business groups for regular CSO contact

7. Create community outreach for participation in National Night Out in both August and November


2nd Quarter Update
April 2023

In Q2, the Police Department hired three new Community Service Officers (CSO's). Regular shift schedules, duty responsibilities, and district areas are being finalized. Police Department staff will be working to set up introductory meetings with HOA's, business, and religious groups to build relationships with the new CSO's.  

1st Quarter Update
January 2023

In Q1, the Police Department issued job opening notices for the Community Service Officers (CSO’s). Applications have been received, and qualified candidates are currently undergoing background checks. The positions are anticipated to be hired early in Q2. Schedules will be developed and implemented with the newly hired CSO’s in early Q2.