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Community and Problem-solving policing

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Running head: COMMUNITY AND PROBLEM-SOLVING POLICING 1 Community and Problem-Solving Policing Jennifer Wilkins CJS/210 February 6, 2011 James Weidig
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COMMUNITY AND PROBLEM-SOLVING POLICING 2 Community and Problem-Solving Policing True community policing is an organizational approach that encourages and supports a new alliance between citizens and the police. This is based on the idea that both the police and the community must work together as a team to recognize, put main concerns in order, and solve current problems such as crime, drugs, social and physical turmoil, and general neighborhood crumble, with the goal of improving the quality of life in the area. According to cityoftakomapark.org (2007), “As our society has become more diverse, the approach to policing has steadily changed. Police departments everywhere are moving toward what is called Community Oriented Policing (COP). This approach is based on two basic beliefs: many of the happening crimes can be prevented and policing is the responsibility of the entire community. Problem Oriented Policing uses problem-solving to address the causes of crime rather than dealing with the results of crime. With COP, the key goal of policing moves from making the most arrests to minimizing the number of crimes. Working closely with the community, the police work to identify crime targets and aid in the preventative actions. COP requires the addition of flexible and delicate skills. Officers must learn skills on how to evaluate and examine facts and develop calculated plans to achieve crime prevention goals”. COP is unique in that the community must adapt it. The education, finances, and location are some of the chief factors employed in defining what type of policing is appropriate for a community.
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