The Effectiveness of Community Policing
Introduction Throughout the years, community policing has been an effective tool to help and protect citizens in the United States . Community policing involves people within the community to help and support solutions to crime-related problems and assist people with special needs.
Community policing also inlcudes the ongoing evaluation of police effectiveness. According to
Lord, Kuhns, & Friday (2009), “Community-oriented policing is now considered an integral part of professional policing in the USA” (p. 574). In order to better understand on how community policing is a pivotal part of effective policing, this paper will examine 2 articles that will discuss the evaluation and unique innovative ways of community policing, and how important it is to preserve the community policing program. The title of the first article is named “Community
Policing: Implementing Programs to Keep Citizens Safe”. The title of the second article is named
“Preserving Community-Oriented Policing in a Recession.”
“The first article explains how the Richmond County, Virginia, Sheriff's Office are always trying to implement strategies to ensure that they take every precaution to keep residents safe. The purpose of community policing programs is to serve and protect citizens. Richmond county has a population of approximately 9,000 residents. The sheriff’s office currently offers two particular programs that aims to safeguard particular groups of citizens within the community” (Bryant, 2010, p. 23).
Project Lifesaver The first program is called Project Lifesaver. According to Bryant (2010), “Project
Lifesaver, is a nonprofit organization founded by public safety officers. The purpose of the program is to help citizens with Alzheimer's disease and related mentally dysfunctional disorders
(ARMD), such as Down’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and autism, and their families by
References: Bryant, D. A. (2010). Community Policing: Implementing Programs to Keep Citizens Safe. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. 79(6), 23-24. Friend, Z., Martinez, R. (2010). Preserving Community-Oriented Policing in a Recession. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. 79(11), 10-13 Lord, V. B., Kuhns, J. B., & Friday, P. C. (2009). Small city community policing and citizen Satisfaction. Policing. 32(4), 574. Thibault, E. A., Lynch, L.M., McBride R. B. (2011). Proactive Police Management. (p. 157). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Learning Solutions.