Tuesday, December 23, 2014

What is Community Policing?

Mayor John Linder is considering a new approach to battling the scourge of crime in the city and wants to focus on community policing as a way to improve the quality of life for Chester residents.

I think of community policing as actions as simple as establishing neighborhood watches to extreme measures like arming every citizen with pistols and handcuffs. I was surprised with what the mayor actually came up with to launch a community police initiative. 
  • Pursuing quality-of-life crimes
  • Higher visibility from police officers
  • More exchanges regarding complaints about police service
  • Resolve residents issues with police service.
  • Secure grants to patrol city neighborhoods and put surveillance systems in the business district. 

I don't see how these initiatives engage the community to battle the scourge of crime. Maybe they're not meant to. 

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