Law Enforcement And Community Policing

1036 WordsJun 21, 20155 Pages
Law enforcement must endeavor to keep programs such as citizens’ academies, town hall meetings and philosophies such as community oriented policing. Why? Because they maintain the pipeline to the public and they keep law enforcement in touch with the community. There is a need for more communication between law enforcement and community stakeholders. For the police to maintain the public’s trust in the face of negative incidents and changing demographics, the manner in which they convey their trustworthiness may have to change. To achieve real transparency its going to take more that technical gadgetry. Tracie Keesee, a police captain who is also the co-founder of RCLA’s Center for Policing Equity, suggest turning precinct houses into public spaces. “It might be adjoined with a rec center,” she says. “There could be wireless in the lobby, a room for community meetings, so that it’s not just that you come in when you’re handcuffed or making a report. (Bennett, D, 2014).” Anne Seibold Drapeauis Chief People Officer at Digitas and co-author of The Trusted Leader (Drapeauis, S., 2007). She describes five key building blocks to organizational trust; noted as the five “A’s” of trust. Although not written with a police-specific focus, her words ring true for those in public safety concerned with trust and their community. They are: 1. Aspirations - what does your organization believe in and stand for? This includes its identity within the market place, and also what the
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