November 5, 2012
Candy B. Atkins
Community problem solving is not a simple task; one of the reasons is that the average community is terrified of threatening terrors inside the community, with or without the help of others in the community. The community is scared of corrupt police that have a bond with criminal activities within their district, not knowing who they are. Also, the community is afraid of the gang members, and the criminals with bad reputations. Crimes such as property theft, and drug related dealings, are just a few examples of the problems communities have on a daily basis. Conjuring up one member of the community is not enough to change a community's mind on eliminating its problems, but a task to encourage all citizens in the community who is willing and able of making a change; is progress! In this paper I will address one of the problems that infest our community, and what the police are trying to do about it.
Just a few months ago I approached an officer I know, Officer Beckles, a friendly police officer, and asked him several questions concerning the problems that our community was having and what was the police planning to do on this particular matter? Officer Beckles amazing answer actually surprised me. He was familiar with John E. Eck and William Spelman's Problem-Solving: Problem-oriented Policing technique. This knowledge is called Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment, (SARA), (Peak, K. J., 2010). He said that they were aware of the multiple break-ins of peoples home. Scanning and Analysis
In order to solve any criminal problem contaminated in a community one needs to first make preliminary preparations. Observing through the lens of an officer, or administrator, one must take preliminary inquiries; knowing where to go and who to question. The Huntsville Police Department is a fine and highly...