Walking the Walk, Talking the Talk
Read the following scenario and
answer the five questions that follow using APA style formatting where
appropriate. Provide sufficient detail in your responses to demonstrate a good
understanding of the material in the textbook regarding the philosophy of and
management approach to community policing.
The Greenfield Police Department’s
new mission statement emphasizes a community policing philosophy. The new chief
has increased the authority and the responsibility of sergeants to identify and
solve problems affecting the quality of life in Greenfield. You are the evening
shift supervisor and have learned that the residents of the Senior Citizens
Center are reluctant to venture out after dark. The Center is located in a
low-crime neighborhood adjacent to a public park with walking paths. Evening
walks in the park used to be a popular activity for the seniors, but no one
uses the park now. The Center’s owner tells you the residents are worried about
all the crime they see on the news and read about in the paper. They are also
concerned about thefts from their cars in the parking lot. He says rumors of
criminal activity spread quickly through the Center. The owner provides classes
every month on how to avoid being a crime victim. He also installed new
security doors and cameras.
You gather the officers on your
shift to discuss the situation. They tell you there is no crime problem in the
area of the Center. The crime statistics support the officers. There has been
one car window broken in the Center’s parking lot during the last year, and a
few kids have been told not to skateboard through the lot on their way to the
park. An officer remarks that the kids dress rather oddly and sport some
strange haircuts, but they’re good kids who stay out of trouble. Officers state
that they patrol the area constantly and conduct frequent traffic enforcement
on the street in front of the Center. They flash their red lights to make sure
the residents see them in the area. The officers tell you the residents have
exaggerated the problem.
Is there a crime problem at the
Senior Citizens’ Center?
Is fear reduction a police problem?
What are some possible causes of
fear of crime at the Center?
What is missing in the current
community-police relationship between the Greenfield Police department and the
Suggest a community policing
strategy to reduce the fear of crime at the Senior Citizens’ Center.