About Community Policing
Effective community policing has a positive impact on reducing neighborhood crime, helping to reduce fear of crime and enhancing the
quality of life in the community. It accomplishes these things by combining the efforts and resources of the police, local government and community members.
Community policing is a
collaborative effort between the police and the community that identifies problems of crime and disorder and involves all elements of the community in the search for solutions to these problems. It
is founded on close, mutually beneficial ties between police and community members.
Community policing offers a way for law enforcement to help re-energize our communities. Developing strong,
self-sufficient communities is an essential step in creating an atmosphere in which serious crime will not flourish. Community policing seeks the input and talents of all members of the community in
the effort to safeguard our neighborhoods.
Community policing is being advocated by leaders at the highest levels of government. It has even been suggested that community policing can play a
primary role in directing the way government services are provided at the community level.
(From Community policing consortium)