Community Policing As An Ideal

751 WordsAug 27, 20164 Pages
Community policing as an ideal is seen as a collaborative effort between police officers and the community they serve. Ideally, the police officers develop relationships and rapport with community members so that they can foster a community focused safety and prevention system; where the police are aware of community needs and concerns as they arise so that they can address them and reduce negative impact on the community they serve. The development of community ties to the local police officers allows the police department to provide a sense of security and safety within the community as those community members develop a cooperative relationship in identifying and advocating for community needs, while the officers monitor, assess and enforce the community concerns. Community-oriented policing identified a host of roles for the police beyond crime fighting, including reducing fear, responding to social and physical disorder in the community, and forging positive relationships with residents to enhance police legitimacy, while rejecting law enforcement as the “core function” of police (Mastrofski et al. pg, 543). Community policing has a positive impact by creating positive and interactive relationships with the community, it impacts proximal outcomes like citizen satisfaction and trust, which can create an efficient and effective relationship for problem solving to occur. (Gill, Weisburd, Telep, Vitter and Bennett, pg. 423) In theory the idea of community policing would seem
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