Read the following case study and
answer the questions that follow using APA style formatting where appropriate.
Provide sufficient detail to demonstrate a good understanding of the material
in the textbook and how it relates to your own personal experiences and
As the new police chief of the
Greenfield Police Department, you expected some resistance from officers during
the transition from a crime fighting philosophy to a community policing
philosophy. Several veteran officers oppose the change. Most younger officers
are willing to try community policing and enjoy interacting with the community.
Unfortunately, they worry about being rejected by the veteran officers. Most
younger officers do not want to buck the prevailing police culture and informal
Officer Blake, a senior officer and
vocal opponent of community policing, is an informal department leader. You
decide to ride along with him on a patrol shift. He’s an honest guy who tells
you exactly what is on his mind. Officer Blake was the department shooting
champion and unhappy with the cutbacks in firearms training. He thinks the old
way of doing things was working just fine. They kept people in line, and the
crime rates reflected it. He tells you that community policing is social work,
not police work, and that his job is making arrests and keeping the streets
As you listen to Officer Blake, he
patrols a park where a group of young Asian men are gathered. He drives by
slowly and stares at them. They look down, not making eye contact. Officer
Blake looks at you and says, “I don’t trust those guys. They’re up to
something.” Officer Blake drives through the parking lot and back past the
young men. “I always make sure they know I’m watching them.” The young men
begin playing soccer.
Officer Blake’s next stop is Ruby’s
Bar and Grill. Several other squads are parked in front of the building. You
learn this is their regular break location and that coffee is free, food is
half price and a booth is reserved for cops.
How would you encourage the new
officers’ enthusiasm for community policing and help them buck the prevailing
Is Officer Blake a good candidate to
be a mentor for a new officer?
Officer Blake is clearly entrenched
in the crime fighting mode of law enforcement.
How would his encounter with the
young men in the park affect your department’s public image?
Isolating police officers in squad
cars creates a barrier to good communications and can thwart cultural
awareness. How could an emphasis on community policing have changed this
As a new chief attempting to
implement a community policing strategy, how would you address the issue of