Community policing is, in essence, a collaboration between the police and the community that identifies and solves community problems. With the police no longer the sole guardians of law and order, all members of the community become active allies in the effort to enhance the safety and quality of neighborhoods. Community policing has far-reaching implications. The expanded outlook on crime control and prevention, the new emphasis on making community members active participants in the process of problem-solving, and the patrol officers’ pivotal role in community policing require profound changes within the police organization. The neighborhood patrol officer, backed by the police organization, helps community members mobilize support and resources to solve problems and enhance their quality of life. Community members voice their concerns, contribute advice, and take action to address these concerns. Creating a constructive partnership will require the energy, creativity, understanding, and patience of all involved. Reinvigorating communities is essential if we are to deter crime and create more vital neighborhoods. In some communities, it will take time to break down barriers of apathy and mistrust so that meaningful partnerships can be formed. Trust is the value that underlies and links the components of community partnership and problem-solving. A foundation of trust will allow police to form close relationships with the community that will produce solid achievements. Without trust between police and citizens, effective policing is impossible.
Policing in RVA
1.We will use some funds from the police budget for the community.
2.We will also have a citizen review board.
3.Mental Health unit on site
Social workers and Mental health workers will all be apart of the police division offering services to the community. Acting as a second responder's assessing situations that would fall under the mental health or domestic umbrella.
We must understand that all police are human too. I would like all officers to take an assessment and ongoing training to ensure the safety of the community and the officers.