FIELD OPERATIONS BUREAU
Field Operations Division / Ranger Unit
The Rangers are a group of specially-trained police officers who have responsibility for reducing crime in targeted areas. The majority of units are dedicated to the Mobile Housing Board and its public housing properties.
The Mobile Police Department was the first in the southeast to adopt and implement Community Oriented Policing when it opened mini-precincts in 1990 in some of the city's housing projects where crime had become widespread. Through federal grants, the Mobile Police Department dedicated and assigned community oriented policing personnel to bring this program closer to the citizens of Mobile.
The program has been immensely successful and many citizens whose quality of life has been enhanced through Community Oriented Policing have expressed renewed faith in law enforcement and pride in their neighborhoods.
Operating under the community policing concept, the Rangers have taken the concept of community policing to a new level in recent years, enlisting individuals and groups within these public housing developments to collaborate on crime prevention projects.