Community Based Policing
March 27th, 2014
Community based policing also known as community oriented policing is a form of policing used to create a better relationship between the different police forces and the community. Community based policing is defined as a team effort between the police forces and the community that identifies the problems in a community and involves the whole community in the search for solutions to these problems. Does community based policing reach its desired outcomes and expectations? This is one of many questions we may have about the new subject of community policing. The answer depends on the belief that people deserve input into the police process, in exchange for their participation and support. It also depends on the belief that solutions to today's community problems demand both on the people of the community and the police to explore creative, new ways to address community problems beyond a narrow focus on individual crimes. While traditional methods of policing fail to provide desired levels of crime control and public safety. Police departments across the country still search for new ways to provide law enforcement services to their communities. In recent years, community-oriented policing has emerged as the method of choice for many police forces. As part of the conversion from traditional policing methods to community orientated policing, police forces have become more dependant on a "new breed" of police officers better suited for performing proactive, community oriented policing services. Traditional policing focuses on reducing crime by arresting the criminals. Not only does this risk standardizing everyone who lives in high crime areas, it requires depending on rapid response which makes it almost impossible for the police to avoid being strangers to the community. This concept also suffers from reducing the role of law abiding citizens in the community to the role of a passive by...