Saginaw police, neighbors hope community police program builds trust

Steven Allen doesn't have many bad things to say about his neighborhood on Saginawâ??s northwest side.

â??Actually this block right here is pretty quiet,â?? says Allen who has lived in the community for five years.

He just wishes the rest of the neighborhood was safer for his children to play in.

â??Itâ??s hard to let your kids go outside and play anymore,â?? says Allen. Heâ??s hoping the safety issue changes with the expansion of the community policing program.

Officer Patrick Busch will patrol Allenâ??s neighborhood---in a patrol car and on foot.

â??Realistically, who's going to know their neighborhood better? A cop who is here for 12 hours or a citizen who lives there, their entire life,â?? says Officer Patrick Busch.

â??They'll see the police in the community, walking around and talking to the people so I think it will slow it down,â?? says Allen.

â??Iâ??m held accountable for the district. I mean, it's my job to do my best to clean their neighborhood up,â?? says Busch.

Other city departments like fire and inspections also assigning officers on the quadrant system.

â??By having specific personnel assigned to geographic areas of the city, you start to build relationships,â?? says John Stemple, Saginawâ??s chief inspector.

Relationships both neighbors and officials hope help Saginaw become safer.

In addition to a community police officer, each quadrant will also have assigned code enforcement inspectors, a parking enforcement officer and an environmental clean-up crew.

The program is scheduled roll out in the beginning of May.