The officer-staffed Lakeside COP (Community Oriented Policing) House located at 2237 Mead Street functions as a safe hub for services to residents in the Lakeside neighborhood. This space is used for community engagement and programing. Lakeside COP House also serves as a base of operations for the village-wide COP effort.
Officers at the COP house have established and maintained meaningful partnerships with local government, community members and private organizations in order to bring services to the area that will improve the quality of life for area residents. Nuisance problems and criminal activity are often kept to a minimum due to tips from citizens combined with effective enforcement action.
The Lakeside COP House was built in 2015 through a generous donation from S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. The majority of the COP House program expenses are covered by donations, grants and fundraising efforts. Only a small portion of the overall costs are covered by village tax payers which include: officer salaries, utilities, office supplies, and services for the house.
At the Mount Pleasant Police Department (MPPD), we value transparency, open dialogue and competent public service while addressing community concerns. Community Oriented Policing creates a positive partnership between law enforcement and residents. The more involved police are with the community they are sworn to protect, the more residents can help law enforcement achieve their goals. The purpose of the COP house is to allow officers to work closely with the Lakeside community to address concerns of the residents. Through interaction with the residents, officers gain information on crime trends, quality of life concerns and the needs of the community allowing for program development to help the community.
Officers at MPPD are conditioned at the beginning of their careers to embrace a community policing philosophy. Personnel are given latitude in coming up with solutions to problems they encounter in their beat areas or when assisting citizens. This effort helps strengthen relationships, build trust and contributes to public satisfaction. At MPPD we utilize social media to share relevant information with the public. Effective information channels ensure officers are able to help keep our residents safe and informed.
If you would like to speak to the assigned officers please contact them at (262) 664-7946. You can also follow the progress of the COP house, its community and events on the Facebook page at Lakeside COP Facebook.