The purpose of this position paper on community policing is to weigh the pros and cons. In order to write an effective position paper, the idea of know what the predecessors stand on this subject would not be a benefit because it is not his problem anymore. If I where to be the new Chief of Police, I would want my opinion to be of value and not regurgitated information from the prior Police Chief. This would be my opinion and if it is not what the City Mayor wants to hear then at least I still had my integrity and dignity. Community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which supports the problem-solving techniques and partnerships. Positively addressing the immediate conditions that give a rise in community issues such as crime, disorder and fear. The community feels like the department is out of touch with the need as a whole and community policing could be the answer to regain the trust needed to be more effective.
Pros for Community Policing.
Community policing is an important step in reducing resistance and in gaining the commitment from the community as a whole, individual organizations and the department. It benefits both the community and the officers that protect and serve. The officers are provided with self-satisfaction from community policing by solving problems. Instead of continually running from one call to the next and putting a temporary fix on each issue, the patrol officers can get satisfaction by analyzing each call by solving each one.
Community policing provides an opportunity to be creative and inventive, by authorizing power to the patrol officer, the department allows the officer to seek solutions. By doing this it encourages them to use inventive and creative solutions to issues that might arise instead of being restricted to traditional policing techniques. Giving the officers a chance to make areal difference, employing problem-solving strategies the officers experience the self-satisfaction that comes with helping the community. When the officers are given the opportunity to become more familiar with the people, the people in turn will get to know the officers and who they are as people, not just as faceless police officers whom they occasionally see driving or walking in the community. This will result in better relationships, better communication with the public as whole and the product of quality service to them.
It helps to give the officers the opportunity to be valued for the worth and not just for the rank they carry. “In a traditional police organization, an individuals worth is often judged by his rank. Not all individuals have the opportunity for advancement and some individuals may not want to become supervisors” (Heritage, 2012). With community policing, the organization recognizes that the most important people within the organization are, in fact, the ones who provide the service to the customer and everyone else is there to support that person. As a result, it is a positive change in how the community views the police officer and the department as a whole. Once a good reputation is established within the community, work must be put in to maintain their respect. By working with the community the department can improve upon how they view us as an organization and as individuals. By working on the improvement of quality of life in the community, will also improve the working environment.
Under community policing, the community works in partnership with the police to decide the style of policing which will be used within the community. In order to become a more efficient department, prioritizing the calls for service is a must. By actively involving the community in resolving the neighborhood issues, the community will develop a sense of partnership and unity with the department. which in turn will result in a safer and friendlier place to live. Improving the quality of life in the community that they serve is...
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