METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT 5
Communitypolicing is one of the vital ways the police use to gain trust fromcommunities and involve them in making a safer community. Communitypolicing also bridges gaps between the police and members of acommunity in order to deal with security challenges(Jordan& Hawron, 2016). A rookie police officer assigned to handle acommunity policing event can use Microsoft word to post communityevents, announce events, communicate through the media, generateinformational packets, and prepare reports about the perceivedsuccess and failures of an event. Completing community policingassignments is one of the vital ways through which new recruits canunderstand communities they will serve throughout their career.
Postingcommunity policing events in the department
Apolice officer in-charge of a community policing event should preparean announcement about the event post copies on department noticeboards, post scans on social media sites and send other copies to thenotice boards of executives. The same notice about the event shouldsend to news rooms especially radio stations targeting localaudiences so that it can reach as many people as possible. Communitysocial media sites can also be an effective way to let prospectiveparticipants know about the event and the issues to be discussed.
Generatinginformational packets for attendees
Apolice officer can use Microsoft word to write a series of monographsand case studies about the issues affecting a specificcommunity(Somerville,2016). The department always publishes monographs to let participantsin a community policing event aware of the topics to be discussed andthe issues to be addressed. An officer can therefore distributemonograph to targeted prospective participants so that they haveadvance of knowledge about the themes of the event. The topics in themonograph usually relate to implementation of critical target issuessuch as internal and external assessment issues that have to be donein order to create a harmonious relationship between the police andthe community.
Apolice officer can also distribute case studies approved by thedepartment to prospective participants of the event. The case studieswill help them understand applications of community policing aspectsin various communities to deal with crime control issues andinitiatives that aim to prevent crime(Stein& Griffith, 2015). The case studies should be real so thatparticipants view it as a transfer of experiences and informationexchange. Case studies and monographs provide a source of ideas forcommunity leaders and groups to contribute to the discussions held atthe event and agreements reached at the event.
Preparinga detailed report on perceived success and failure of each event
Apolice officer preparing a report about a community policing eventshould focus on the rapport established between officers, communityleaders, and members of the community during the event. In order towrite a comprehensive report, the officer must give a detailedexecutive summary that highlights the basis of judgment on variousaspects of the event that constitute the success and failure(Dunham& Alpert, 2015). For instance, the selection of community leadersthat take part in the event could be a source of strength or failure.Other aspects that can form the basis of a report on perceivedsuccess or failure of the event include:
The quality of suggestions given by various community stakeholders
The diversity of communities or representatives involved in the event and
The potency community policing strategy proposed to deal with security challenges.
From the above, it is clear that communitypolicing is one of the vital ways the police use to gain trust fromcommunities and involve them in making a safer community. Therefore,completing community policing assignments is one of the vital waysthrough which new recruits can understand communities they will servethroughout their career. To achieve this, a police officer can alsodistribute case studies approved by the department to prospectiveparticipants of the event. Also, a police officer preparing a reportabout a community policing event should focus on the rapportestablished between officers, community leaders, and members of thecommunity during the event.
Dunham,R. G., & Alpert, G. P. (2015). Criticalissues in policing: Contemporary readings.Waveland Press.
Jordan,W. T., & Hawron, J. M. (2016). Community Policing. TheEncyclopedia of Crime & Punishment.
Somerville,P. (2016). Understandingcommunity: Politics, policy and practice.Policy Press.
Stein,R., & Griffith, C. (2015). Communitypolicing strategies need to take into account police and residents’different perceptions of neighborhood crime.USApp–American Politics and Policy Blog.