Discuss the Transition to Community Policing Philosophies

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Daniel wrote: The Transition to Community Policing

Identify and explain three differences between traditional and community policing philosophies. What historical perspectives have influenced the transition from traditional policing to community policing within many departments across the country? What impact did this transition have with regard to law enforcement administration and management?  

Community policing allows the police to work more directly with the public. The police work with the community in order to monitor and reduce the amount of crime rates. The community working with the police allows them to now which police officers patrol their area and the police to know which areas have more of a crime rate, which allows them to monitor them more often.
Traditional policing occurs in some areas, where the police are sent to an area of crime after it's been reported. Traditional policing don't allow any input in decisions or help from citizens. Many states have chosen to use community policing since it is more effective in efforts to reduce crime rates. Community policing allows police to wor with citizens which allows for many communities to form watch groups within their community and report any unusual behavior or people to the police.
With the advancement of technology this allows more people to communicate better, which allows for community policing to work better than traditional policing. Community policing often has communities to work together and help patrol their communities, as well as know which officers patrol their area.

Oliver, W. (2008). Community oriented Policing A Systematic  Approach To Policing. New Jersey: Pearson

The article differentiates the modern method used in the police department to ensure safety of the public. It differentiates between community policing methods and the traditional methods. The article clearly describes the differences. Community policing philosophy states that today police department has integrated the law enforcement officers with the public to ensure safety of the public. This has significantly brought efficiency in the police department and in the public. This has also included the public to ensure their safety making it possible for them to report any incident before it happens or immediately after it happens.  According to the article, traditional method of policing was inefficient. This is because the police officers or the law enforcement officers were just sent to the crime scene after crime had happened (Oliver, 2008). They remained in the offices until the crime happen. This is a clear indication that many crimes went unrecorded and without the police department knowing. Public policing philosophy works towards solving the problem and preventing any problem that may arise. This is because most of the time police department is always with the public and therefore they can observe some problems happening. On top of that the public can easily access police officers.

The paper is not complete. It has left some important aspects of the question. It has just outlined the differences but it has not covered on the historical perspective of transition. It does not also explain on the impacts of the transition to the law enforcement department in depth. It has explained with a lot of brevity. Therefore we can say that the article has some parts that are good while others are not good.


Oliver, W. (2008). Community oriented Policing A Systematic  Approach To Policing. New   Jersey: Pearson Education Company

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