Community Action Team
The Community Action Team (CAT) serves as one of the Oro Valley Police Department’s (OVPD) most proactive and successful community policing initiatives. The primary premise of CAT is to focus on the “root-causes” of problems and identify which crimes lead to secondary crimes and how they are associated. CAT officers spend a great deal of time gathering information on specific issues through various connections with other law enforcement organizations and the public. Our CAT officers work closely with schools, businesses and citizen groups to coactively solve problems. By targeting the core or “root cause” of a problem, CAT officers are able to impact the problem before it spreads. Moreover, CAT officers are educators who give presentations and counseling to local businesses, hotels, schools and in our citizens’ homes. The “partnerships” formed by our CAT officers foster trust between the community and our organization; it has been paramount in our ability to combat crime. Another outstanding benefit of CAT includes its ability to follow-up on DNA and latent fingerprint evidence recovered from crime scenes by our Property and ID Unit.