A proactive policing approach was created in January 2016. Currently assigned to this unit are Officer Zach Robertson, Officer Austin Ohren, and Crime Prevention Technician Nicole Neis.
This unit was created in January 2016 when then-Police Chief Phil Johanson, Ret. and Captain Scott Nolan, Ret. identified the department’s need for a full-time officer to be assigned to the duties of Crime-Free Multi-Housing as well as a liaison officer for downtown businesses. With over 50% of the property in the City of Anoka being a rental property, this assignment turned out to be rather time-consuming. Officer Paul Schley, who was the department's first COPPS Officer, was then joined by Crime Prevention Technician Nicole Neis and subsequently Officer Eric Groebner in 2017. In 2020, Officer Zach Robertson was assigned to the unit, and in 2022 Officer Austin Ohren.