Community and police are words that we hear frequently through our day-to-day life. Somehow these are not words that we often put together, although these two words are very important. Our community has a way of defining us and we count on our police to keep our families and us safe. As a young girl, the first phone number I was ever though was 9-1-1. I’ve never heard about community policing until very recently. Although I’ve heard a lot about crime going on in my community through the media, I’ve never thought that anyone around me or I could do anything about that; until recently.
Community policing is aimed to reduce crime in our community, reduce fear of crime and better our quality of life by creating an alliance with police officers around us. It’s a way for us to be in better communication with our police officers and to make better decision-making and problem solving for our city. Crime has always been present, in our past, present and most likely, our future. We’re depending on our police officers who have been doing an excellent job but we can always do better. Our community is formed out of so many different kind of people, how can we expect on little part of our community to keep it under control. Not only do we need the help of our police officers but also we need the local participation of our government, local businesses, private agencies, schools, churches, etc. In my opinion, we need to all work together to form better communication skills so we can talk about the problems that our community is having so we can therefore all be aware and find ways to solve them. We need to take charge and help when were needed, keep a watching eye on our loved ones and the people we care about. We live in a big community without being able to trust our own local police and our own neighbors. We’re always worrying about what the other person is doing because we are lacking communication. We’re lacking the time to go and get to know each other to form bonds and trust. I believe community policing can solve many of our crimes such as, vandalism, drug use, speeding, drinking and driving, break-ins, etc.
I don’t think the solution is to take crime into our own incapable hands and to try doing what the police are trained to do. Although I think training for civilians is a good idea, not for certain people of course. Mothers and fathers should talk to their children about the consequence of crime, talk to their sister and brothers and make sure that the people closes to you are heading in the right track. Several other ways to encourage community policing is trying to create a better communication line with our police officers to get information flowing so we can all keep our eyes open. We need to be able to talk about our problems to scan, analyze response and finally assessing to find solutions. We also have to decentralize and personalize police services, which gives officers more freedom
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