Community Policing for Mayors: A Municipal Service Model for Policing and Beyond   [open pdf - 642KB]

"Community policing focuses on crime and social disorder through the delivery of police services that includes aspects of traditional law enforcement, as well as prevention, problem-solving, community engagement, and partnerships. The community policing model balances reactive responses to calls for service with proactive problem-solving centered on the causes of crime and disorder. Community policing requires police and citizens to join together as partners in the course of both identifying and effectively addressing these issues. Many local leaders and community members ask if their agency is a community policing agency. A common lament- and in reality a widespread misperception- is that community policing sounds great in concept, but in practice is vaguely defined. In fact, the specific operational activities that are consistent with and support community policing are clear and well known. Although policing is a diverse profession that is practiced differently throughout the nation, the chances are that your agency already possesses and promotes many practices that directly support community policing principles. Common strategies include conducting citizen surveys or other means of outreach to help identify what crime and disorder problems are priorities for citizens."

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