Police Community Relations Essay

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Police-Community Relations Kaplan University Did you know that 42% of Americans find their local law enforcement untrustworthy? This is due in large part to the number of police related incidents that have been in the news of late. The negative publicity that law enforcement is getting has an adverse effect on all police departments, nationwide. In turn this is having an effect on police-community relations. To better the relations between the Ringgold police department and the community there needs to be more outreach programs. At this time I believe that the community relations are in a good solid place. We have areas that we can improve on. (R. Kinsley, personal communication, February 1, 2015). Our chief of police has a better…show more content…
Having trust makes one fell safe and free of fear enough so that they can focus on other things. There is a perception of distrust between law enforcement and the community. This distrust stems directly from the dangerous words police use when communicating with the community. (Willis, 2015, p.) Simply choosing better words can help build relationships between law enforcement and the community. It is necessary for law enforcement to have trust with their community. There are many things that hinge on the police-community relationships, the ability of law enforcement to perform their duties, are the most important. Law enforcement must be willing to rely on the public to observe the law. They must always demonstrate absolute impartiality to the law. Over the last five decades, our society has undergone huge demographic shifts with regards to the family. (Faith and Family, 2005) Sixty five years ago seventy-eight percent of families lived in a household where the head of household was married. Only fifteen years ago nearly half of all American lived within a home where the head of household is unmarried. This shift in authority within the home has had an effect of the way that the public views the authority of law enforcement personal. In a national Institute of Justice study it was found that interactions with police are the factors that most influence public opinion. (Factors That Influence, 2007) Interactions were defines as “person to person”
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