CJS 210 Week 8 Assignment Community and Problem-Solving Policing

CJS 210 Week 8 Assignment Community and Problem-Solving Policing

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Community and Problem-Solving Policing 1 Community and Problem-Solving Policing CJS/210 - Fundamentals of Policing Brandon Ashley September 20, 2010
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Community and Problem-Solving Policing 2 Community policing is an organizational approach that encourages an alliance between citizens and the police. 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 physical turmoil, drugs, and crime, with the goal of improving the quality of life in the area. 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. Residents, business owners and other citizens in the community must help the police to classify their goals and to identify where problems exist. In addition to the Police Department, other city branches and divisions must be dedicated to COP for it to be successful. Each community can grow into this approach at a pace
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