On Wednesday, the International Association of Chiefs of Police gave the New Rochelle Police Department the 2011 Community Policing Award.
The award was given in recognition of the department’s Quality of Life Task Force, which includes the city’s Police Department, Fire Department, Building Department and others.
The task force was formed in 2007 when the Police Department realized it could be more effective if it enlisted the help of other city departments and the community.
The group focused on building violations — overcrowding, shoddy construction, jury-rigged wiring — and, Commissioner Patrick Carrol said, had an immediate impact.
Complaints fell and, as the rest of the department adopted community policing practices, violent and property crimes throughout the city dropped as well.
“We’re using the community to solve problems,” Carroll said. “They have a share in this. It’s their community. We need their help — reporting, co-operating, eyes and ears, anything.”