Evaluating Community Policing
Thoroughly explain the importance of
the community policing evaluation process, two forms of evaluation used in determining policing
effectiveness, and how the evaluations are used by the administration.
How does the community policing evaluation process differ from that used in
evaluating traditional policing?
Community policing is the way forward for serving
the community since it is evident that through the process, the law enforcement
will be able to handle the changing natures of the communities while at the
same time deal with the dynamic characteristics of crime, violence as well as
law disorders within the communities.
However, after implementation
of the technique, there is need to have a thorough evaluation of the process.
The importance of this evaluation is to understand the effectiveness of the
community policing and the nature of elevated levels of crimes within the
community (Miller, Hess & Orthmann, 2011). This helps in selecting the
effective methods to curb the community disorders and control crimes. It is
also good in helping understand the policing administration, and the needed
improvements at the level of accountability and professionalism of the
In determining the effectiveness of
the police department, we can use different forms of evaluation. The first is
the level of community engagement in reducing the crime rates; in this case,
the measure is on developing and maintaining trust of the community to the
policing (Kappeler & Gaines, 2012). This is the level at which the
community is able to engage with the officers. The second is the administrative
decentralization of the policing, which is the level at which policing has
created community partnership, and the level of developing the problem solving
strategies within the community. The
evaluation actively influences the effectiveness of the implementation of
In your opinion, does
the evaluation process properly identify successful implementation or areas of
concern? Why or why not?
Since community policing is not
a single police tactic as tradition, the evaluation needs a collection of
strategies that are under a set of common principles applied in multiple
different ways. However, determining the effectiveness of community policing
depends on how a department defines its effectiveness. Each police department
applies different tactics differently, thus evaluation might differ depending
on the community and the selected initiative. We need to remember it is of utmost importance that each police
department institute its own evaluation process for implementation of
community-oriented policing (Masterson and Stevens, 2002, p.295).
When it comes to the
evaluating community policing in order to be successful, it needs to have all
five criteria. They are effectiveness, efficiency, equity, accountability, and
authority (Oliver, 2008, p. 327). Assistance from not only inside the
department, but also outside is necessary,
Kappeler, V. E., & Gaines, L. K. (2012). Community Policing:
A Contemporary Perspective. Burlington:
Miller, L. S., Hess, K. M., & Orthmann, C. M. H. (2011). Community
policing: Partnerships for problem
solving. Australia: Delmar Cengage Learning.
(2008). Community-oriented 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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