Agency Type: Police Department
Population Size, based on the most recent U.S. Census Bureau: 10,329
Agency Size: 32 total – 28 sworn; 4 non-sworn
Initiative Partnership(s): Central New York Crime Analysis Center; City of Oneida Parks Department; City of Oneida Codes Department; City of Oneida Fire Department; Syracuse University
Grant Focus Area(s): Personnel; Community Engagement; CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)
The Oneida Police Department (OPD), with a total staff of 32, is the primary law enforcement agency for 10,329 residents. The OPD is overseen by a Chief of Police, Assistant Chief, and two lieutenants and is divided into two divisions: Criminal Investigations and Patrol. Through a partnership with the Central New York Crime Analysis Center, the OPD reviewed five years of crime data that allowed it to prioritize and identify five project hot spots areas focused on: assaults, criminal possession of weapons, burglary, and robbery.
The OPD is using Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative (RVCRI) funding to initiate problem-solving patrols of the identified hot spots. Assigned officers will be trained in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles and encouraged to engage community stakeholders in problem solving and crime prevention activities. The OPD has also recently engaged Syracuse University to aid in the potential development of a community survey and additional hot spot analysis. The OPD is also actively seeking revitalization partnership opportunities for potential redevelopment projects within the identified hot spot locations. The project aims to increase community collaborations and reduce violent crime activity within the identified hot spots.