Last week’s arrest of three suspects who we believe have been involved in a string of church burglaries in Lincoln is a great example of good police work—not all of which is done by police officers.
First, our all-civilian Crime Analysis Unit has done a good job of keeping all of us informed as this pattern has emerged. The strong geographic pattern gave police officers an area of focus. Second, our local news media, having been informed of the trend, did a good job of publicizing the crime pattern and helping us encourage citizens who live near churches to be good neighborhood guardians.
Third, one of those alert neighbors spotted the suspicious activity near the Church of the Brethren, and alerted our late shift officers. Fourth, the Southeast Team officers did a great job responding quickly and establishing a perimeter. Finally, Lincoln Police Department K-9 Dexter, accompanied by his handler, Officer Niki Loos, sniffed out the suspects in their hiding place, and the collar was made.
It was a partnership that involved sworn, civilian, and four-legged members of the police department, the media and an alert citizen. Now that’s what I would call “community policing!”