This website is dedicated to making community policing information more readily available to those who are interested. It offers a plethora of other reading materials (ie: books and newsletters) in addition to what is available on the website.
One of their articles of interest concerns domestic violence. A lot of people feel that this is a family oriented dispute that can put officers at high risk because they have to enter without really knowing how to arm themselves or approach those involved. Drugs could be involved and emotions are definitely running high.
There is another text that deals with leadership versus management. This comes from a book by Bonnie Bucqureox who believes that leadership deals with having a long term vision while management deals with implementing a short term plan. I personally feel like words are only what you make them and a good leader can accomplish what s/he says s/he will do.
When I was skimming through their newsletter, I found that the teenage curfew laws seem to have a positive affect on the crime rate. There wasn’t a whole lot of information that was of interest to me.
I think that this site is a good source of additional information concerning different approaches to community policing. It definitely may introduce aspects of cases into an officer’s mind that s/he hadn’t thought of before but I don’t know how helpful it would actually be to an officer because every situation is different and there is not a lot of tangible factual information on this site.
Alternatively, this site reminded me of how policing started: locals who wanted to protect their homes, communities, and others living in their world. Name changes do play a small but important role in the way in which officers are able to connect with the communities that they patrol. Peace Keeper was a widespread title that casually expresses the user’s affection and respect for those who gladly serve their community. Police Officer became a limbo sort of term that neither emitted affection nor demanded respect so eventually Law Enforcement became the official term delegated to those who enforce laws. I am not saying that they no longer protect and serve the community, but that is no longer their priority… enforcing laws are the clear foundation from which Law Enforcement expands. These positions are still an integral part of the backbone of our communities. When they are disconnected so is everything else. They need to constantly work in order to regain their authority and respect from those whom they serve: need to be refounded in serving the community and earning respect not just commanding it. Rules are there to be enforced; they are not your sole purpose for polishing your badges. Your communities want to admire you as children, have you as mentors as adults, and know that you will be there in times of need. Let’s stop playing the name game and really get back to good peace keeping that involves all of us working to improve our conditions for a better today, showing better models, for a better forever.