Distrust for, dissatisfaction with, and fear towards police are rising issues in North America. Police are becoming more militarized and disconnected from the community. Action needs to be taken. Good thing there is already a policing policy, that is supposed to be in place, just for these kinds of situations. Too bad it isn’t being fully utilized on a mass scale.
Community policing, is a strategy of policing that focuses on police building ties and working closely with the community. It requires police, to use a proactive approach in addressing public safety concerns.
The contemporary community policing movement, emphasizes changing the role of law enforcement, from a reactive, incident-driven bureaucracy, to a more open, quality-oriented partnership with the local community.
This is achieved by going out into the community and talking to local residents, business owners, and organizations, to build a trustworthy relationship between police and the community. Citizens get to know the police, see they are out there to serve and protect, and so, are more likely to provide tips on criminal activities. Familiarity, generally eases the fear and anxiety a community may have developed for police. Officers held accountable to the civilians they are serving.
Community policing focuses on solving crimes that the community is actually concerned about, instead of an outside agenda and actually solving crimes with support and assistance from the community. I believe this would bring about a much safer community and mend some of the open wounds between the general public and the police force.
It has been around for years, but I believe, it's not being utilized on a mass scale, which could have a real effect. In the United States, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, established the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), within the Justice Department, to promote community policing.
Police should not be the enemy. I believe, if police were assigned to one area of the community and established real working relationships with the public, than the world would be a safer, happier, more inclusive place.
Connecting with the public also provides police with more creative problem solving techniques, to provide alternatives to traditional law enforcement.
When things go wrong, who do we call? The police. It’s about time we bring back what policing was invented for, to serve and protect the community.