Neighborhoods, Crime and Community Policing

In the world today, one of the major institution termed as hostile to the society is the police industry. Police regarded as people who are used by the government or other relevant authorities in denying the public certain freedoms, for example, freedom of expression and freedom of association. Whereas it is true that sometimes police act unfairly or ruthlessly their role in the society is important and cannot be replaced. However, they should improve their approach towards the public thus nurture the culture of community policing. Knowledge-based public order policing shifts the initiative of maintenance of law and order and public safety to the communities. In this sense the public becomes the eyes of the police and as such work jointly with the police in the promotion of public safety. This study therefore seeks to illustrate that community policing can reduce the rate of crime in a given community as compared to other policing strategies such as beat policing.

Community Policing
As mentioned above community policing involves shifting the policing initiative to the public by making them involved in safeguarding public security. They however, do not replace the police or take their role for example, walking into the police stations and taking all the guns or uniforms for their use no, it is working jointly with the police to eradicate criminal activities in the society and above all, establishing a friendlier relationship with the police. Looking at the modalities of beat policing it risks putting all the responsibility in policing to an individual police officer. Beat policing involves an individual police officer taking responsibility for the policing needs of a community in a given territory (Mazerolle, P. 2003). In most cases, beat policing does satisfy the community and this low performance can be attributed to the fact that the initiative in maintenance of safety is overseen by one police officer. Surely, she cannot manage every thing without the cooperation of the entire community in that geographical area.

In deed, community policing is the best preferable modality in the promotion of safety in the public domain. I believe that people can eradicate criminal evil in their context since they know the criminals better than police. A criminal will hide from the police but will never hide from the community. This logic is the governing principle in community policing that if police work jointly with community the war on criminal evil will go down significantly.


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