•Community policing as viewed by Robert C. Trojanowicz and Bonnie Bucqueroux
August 19, 2013
Community Policing as viewed by Robert C. Trojanowicz and Bonnie Bucqueroux
As policing evolves we see the need for increasing divergence from crime fighters into a broader idea of prevention of crime and uniting communities for safety. We continue to have difficulties in bringing the general public and police departments together toward this outcome.
This is where the concept of Community Policing can aid in bringing all parties involved more in line with the desired outcome of decreasing crime and increasing safety and security within the community as the public and police forces work in collaboration toward a common end.
Community Policing puts forth the notion that no longer are police officers in the role of “us vs. Them” but that the officers are part of the community that they serve (Trojanowicz & Bucqueroux, 1992). This adds to the ability of police officers in that they are integrated with those that they serve and protect. This investment within themselves and their communities allows the general public to see the officer as another human being with the job of helping the community to keep itself safe.
We recognize the need for police officers to work with their communities in part due to the history of policing we have seen the deterioration of the relationship between police and the public through riots and the abuse of power that was present during the early era of policing. This is clearly identified by George Plunkitt through his explanation that corruption was the essence of democracy (Riordan, 1963).
Community policing programs take many different forms (Rosenbaum, 1994). The core of these concepts is that a police department should ask for, seek out, and incorporate the desires and suggestions of the population that they protect.
This allows for co-operation to be built between the two parties...