In reviewing “Community Involvement: The Ultimate Force Multiplier,” thoroughly
discuss and explain three areas where community involvement has
been identified as the key to the success of the department or agency. In your
opinion, what is the key component in securing the desired level of commitment
from the community? Why?
“The community must be allowed
to share power with the police, be allowed decision-making capabilities under
all three of the components, and effectively lead the police.”(Oliver 2008)
members under the community policing have been given the role of being the eyes
and ears of the community, forming patrols, and confronting criminal and
neighborhood watch program is an example of where the community has stepped in
to help the police. With the community looking out for its own so to speak
there has been a reduction in crime because there has been more prying eyes in
the areas. With all the good that this program has done there have also been
the few individuals who have overstepped their boundaries.
What is a
key component in securing the desired level of commitment from the community? I
would have to say giving the community a voice. The reason I feel that this is
important is because I feel a community would know what type of programs would
be the most effective in certain neighborhoods. If the citizens feel that their
voice is not being heard then they are less likely to participate in programs
that can be beneficial for everyone.
important factor is creating counsels or boars where the community can elect
members to represent them and meet with the police to discuss what methods are
currently being utilized and whether or not they are working and what methods
they might try next.
policing: A systematic approach to policing (4th ed.). Upper Saddle
River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN 13: 978-0-13-158987-2
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