Sergeant Demond Oliver is the supervisor of the Bryan Police Department's new Neighborhood Enforcement Team or NET. The sole responsibility of each member of the NET is to help residents solve problems as big a graffiti and as small as trash pick up.
"We give you the contact person to contact about the trash issue, or we ourselves will contact the correct department here in the city of Bryan," Oliver said.
The idea is not exactly new, but department officials believe it is worth implementing again.
Here is how it works: the city has been divided into four zones and each section has a NET officer assigned to it.
NET officers will focus their time on-duty handling community problems, complaints, and questions by working with citizens to come up with solutions or referring their concerns to the appropriate city department.
"We're not going to have to answer calls for service, to go take a burglary report or take a theft report," Oliver said. "We're not going to have to do that so we're going to have time to focus on these problems."
The idea behind the NET is to give neighborhoods a familiar face on the police force who they feel comfortable with.
Oliver says giving assistance with small problems will pay off in the long run.
"If we can get out there and form these partnerships we can the gain trust of the citizens,” Oliver said. “We can reduce call for service and reduce the crime rate," Oliver said.
The LaSalle Hotel's General Manager Alissa Burgess says knowing she can turn to a NET officer puts her mind at ease.
"Having a one-on-one relationship with some in the police department definitely makes you more secure and gives you a more sense of home," Burgess said.
"It's not us that can go in and clean up a neighborhood," Oliver said. "We can help, but it's got to be the citizens themselves that take back their neighborhoods and to let us know what the problems are."
To learn the name of the NET officer assigned to the zone you live in, call Bryan Police’s front desk at (979) 209-5301.
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