Problem Oriented Policing Program


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Problem Oriented Policing Program


The mission of the Napa County Sheriff’s Office Problem Oriented Policing Program is to employ non-traditional police methods, in collaboration with our partners within the local community, to address those issues that affect the quality of life of the citizens of the unincorporated areas of Napa County.  



Sergeant Eric Swift, Supervisor

Deputy Christopher Dameron, North Napa County: Including Angwin, Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville, Pope Valley, Berryessa Estates, Berryessa Pines and the unincorporated areas around the cities of St. Helena and Calistoga. 

 Deputy Matthew Macomber, South Napa County: Including Silverado Residential Community, Monticello Park, Imola District, Pueblo Park, Los Carneros, Circle Oaks, Wooden Valley, Gordon Valley, Berryessa Highlands, Spanish Flat, and the unincorporated areas around the cities of Napa and American Canyon.

Services Offerred: 

Neighborhood Watch Program

We will help you with coordinating assistance from national or local neighborhood watch programs; Attend meetings in your neighborhood and offer safety & crime prevention tips, how-to information and conduct Q&A sessions. For more information, visit the National Neighborhood Watch Institue and National Crime Prevention Council sites.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

CPTED is the proper design and effective use of the built environment which may lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime, and an improvement of the quality of life. We offer plan reviews for new construction or revitalization.

Directed Patrol

We have the ability to increase the patrol level in neighborhoods or areas suffering from an increase in crime or for a specific event without impacting patrol levels in other neighborhoods.

Community Events

We participate in community events by handing out educational pamphlets, dvd's and other items of interest geared towards community members of all ages.

Business Surveys

Is your business safe? We can conduct site surveys and provide crime prevention tips, point out potential problem areas and offer solutions based on experience and training.

Sub-Standard Property Abatement

Many times poorly maintained properties attract undesirable consequences such as graffiti, illegal dumping and other crime. We work with other county agencies to clean up nuisance properties as quickly as possible. If you have such a property in your neighborhood, drop us a line. For more information visit Napa County Code Section 1.20.022.  

History of Problem Oriented Policing (POP)/Community Oriented Policing (POP)

Traditionally, law enforcement departments have been reactive to problems within the communities they serve. This means that a citizen would report a problem and an officer would respond, usually dealing only with that particular incident that presents itself at that time. While this method is effective, it can at times fail to address root issues or causes which may result in repeated responses to the same location or similar types of calls. The theory of POP takes the traditional law enforcement role further, by training select officers to assess problem areas, engage the public, community leaders and business organizations, as well as alternative government services in finding long term solutions which foster community ownership and pride. POP programs are designed to include the effected community in the solution, thereby increasing the likelihood of a permanent solution, or at least community participation in further prevention. For more information visit the Center for POP Site.  

Broken Window Theory

This theory holds that addressing minor problems quickly and effectively will reduce and deter crime. “Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it's unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or ignite fires inside. Now, consider a sidewalk. Some litter accumulates and soon others begin to discard trash, and the area is ripe for additional littering, graffiti etc.." View full Article

The Effects of Problem-Oriented Policing on Crime and Disorder
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Hotline Phone Numbers
Local 911 from your cell phone: (707) 253-0911
Child Abuse Hotline: (707) 253-4261 or (800) 422-4453
Crisis: (800) 231-1116
Elder Abuse: (707) 258-8000
Napa Child Protective Services:  (707) 253-4261
Napa County Rape Crisis: (707) 258-8000 or (866) 289-8888
Napa Emergency Women’s Services: (707) 255-6397
Poison Information Center: (800) 876-4766
V.O.I.C.E.S. (707) 251-9432

Helpful Tips and Links

Operation ID
This nationwide crime prevention program helps identify property if it should be stolen. Operation Identification is a program centered upon the belief that to prevent crime we must attempt to address the elements of the crime triangle. We attempt to make property less desirable to the criminal element by marking our valuables in such a way that they can be identified, increasing the likelihood that the thief will be caught with stolen goods. By doing this we hope that the criminal will choose to go elsewhere to commit crimes and if they do take your belongings we can identify your property, successfully prosecute the thief, and return your property to you.

Stages of Operation Identification  

  • Engrave Your Property - Engraving your valuables with the number on your driver's license will aid police agencies in identifying you as the owner of the property.  It may also prevent a thief from choosing to steal your belongings because they are more identifiable if they are caught with them. Even if your belongings have a serial number already, engraving your driver's license number will ease identifying you as its owner.
  • Keep a List of Your Valuables - Make a list of all of your valuables. Make several copies of the list and store the copies in two or more secure locations, such as a safe, locked drawer or cabinet. Include on your list a full description of the item including color, make, model, year of manufacture, and any other identifiers, including any engraving. Items to include on your list are stereos, computers (desktop and laptop), printers and any other peripherals, telephones, televisions, radios, and any other belongings. Most electronic equipment has a serial number; anything that does not have a good identifier can be engraved.
  • Report any Stolen Items to law enforcement - If any of your belongings are stolen, notify your local law enforcement agency immediately. Prompt reporting of your loss can ease recovery. In addition, every incident is listed in our daily briefing log, which alerts the other deputies to the fact that such a theft occurred. In addition, valuable items can be entered in the Criminal Justice Information System.  This will alert police agencies nationwide of the theft, and will aide in recovering the items if another department recovers them.


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