ACCPD believes in the Community Policing philosophy and instills Community Policing values in its employees, policies, and training. Community Policing "promotes strategies that support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime" - U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services. As one part of these efforts, the Department has a Community Liaison Program that pairs individual officers with more than 100 groups, organizations, or associations from among the community (e.g., churches, Homeowners Associations, Business Associations, non-profits, etc). By forming lasting partnerships with our community stakeholders, our officers better understand problems from the community’s perspective, and together, we develop improved long-term solutions for addressing the root causes of these problems. Our goal is to police the community in a manner that co-produces public safety with our community and enhances our legitimacy as guardians of the Athens community.