Community Engagement

Since The 1970's, the Santa Ana Police Department has incorporated the Community Oriented Policing (COP) philosophy as part of our traditions and principles to reduce crime.

Community Oriented Policing (COP) is a policing philosophy based on several key values and beliefs:

  • COP considers that the mission of the police is to provide professional, disciplined policing services designed to ensure the safety and security of our community.
  • COP embraces two key policing strategies: Response to Incidents and Problem Oriented Policing.
  • COP balances the use of these two strategies through careful, continuous analysis of activity patterns that permit a different police response to different community needs.
  • COP requires the professional commitment and creative involvement of every member of the police department, associated public and private agencies and members of the community.
  • COP recognizes that, regardless of a person’s socioeconomic status, race, national origin, language, age or religion, each person has a right to high quality police services.
  • COP also recognizes that crime and disorder are only part of the many issues that police have to deal with in a complex and dynamic city.
  • COP is a philosophy by which all police services are provided to the community.

The Santa Ana Police Department encourages community participation in public safety and offers a variety of ways for members of the community to become engaged in making Santa Ana a safer place to live, work, and play. 

Our COP Engagement Calendar and Plan lists many ways to get involved in public safety efforts. (PLEASE NOTE SOME EVENTS MAY BE POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS)