The Northwest Precinct assigns officers, who are responsible for specific geographic "beats" of the city within the precinct. These beat areas are the foundation for the department's district policing system. This allows the precinct officers to identify problem areas and citizen concerns so that proactive strategies can be developed to resolve them. They know any trouble spots and can often identify repeat offenders who live or visit within their district.
The Northwest Precinct frequently initiate special operations that are designed to match the needs of their beats. They also engage in other projects designed to prevent crimes, deter criminal activity, or apprehend known offenders.
The Northwest Precinct provides a monthly newsletter that details crimes, citizen concerns, and community events.