BCJ2000 Columbia Southern Community Policing and Law Discussion Questions

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This is what was written and I have to answer to the question below (BCJ 2001 Unit VII)

Community policing rides on the sustenance of the association between the law enforcement and the public. Considering how important the strategy is and how much resources and effort is poured into running it from both sides, it is of utmost importance to maintain the relationship. Trust is the only way to do this. There are various ways the police can ensure trust is maintained. Residential officers should try and develop personal relationships with members of the community and then engage them at this level and that of communal meetings in the planning and oversight of the strategies targeting various aspects of the neighborhood. Female and minority officers should be directly involved in matters related to them. The police department should also facilitate the ability of the community to evaluate the effect of their operations in the community. Websites and social media can assist in this and boost the accessibility of the police and the direct interaction between them and the community. The ability to handle this should be engraved with the officers during training


Community policing has been around in earnest for about 20 years.  Do you think it is worth pursuing with the results you have witnessed and read about in various classes?

This is what was written and I have to answer to the question below (BCJ 2001 Unit VIII)

The course has been helpful and the tips and concepts acquired shall be of great help in my career and its success. For instance, the ability to tackle crime from the source using the problem-oriented policing. Concepts learned from this are that while some issues we face are seemingly complex and indiscernible, they probably do have simple sources which upon solution, dissolve their acquired dominance. I shall always use these approach to solve challenges in my career and ensure every problem is tackled from the source to prevent resurfacing. Also, I appreciate the lesson that trust can maintain and ensure the success of community policing. This is considerably helpful when I conduct community-based projects. By maintaining a close relationship and involving it in decision-making and oversight of projects I am involved in, I am sure and certain our relationship will be symbiotic, and the benefit mutual. Finally, another important concept I have learned is the usefulness of diverse teammates. Having a good relationship with colleagues from different backgrounds solidifies the chances I have of success as they add to the trust across groups.


Thinking critically what is one take away from your readings about problem oriented policing?  Did you look at S.A.R.A? 

I have to comment on my classmate Board Question This is what was written (BCJ 2001 Unit Unit VIII)

The concepts learned in this course have been beneficial in a number of ways.  I really enjoyed reading the history of policing.  I realize that after all these years the industry has not changed a great deal.  I believe in the future it is time to look at policing and try to find better ways or a better use for our police.  I believe that change is good and that it is time for that here.  I don’t have any solid ideas at this point but I can see it on the horizon.  As I move forward to finish my degree the lessons learned here will carry with me.  Once completed I hope to be in a position to inflict change.

This is what was written and I have to answer to the questions below (BCJ 2000 Unit VII)

Traditional policing had something to do with the rejection of police efforts by some communities. This method involved the use of force, which asked for no trust and relationships between the police and the community they are dedicated to protecting. The police were also synonymous with brutality and racial prejudice. The ability to not root out the problem in crime-infested areas, and the increased collateral damages, also contributed to the recession of their competence and therefore, rejection by part of a community hang on development. Police didn’t work to build trust within the community, but segregated themselves as appendages to the society, only being called upon to fix issues. Today, things are different and community policing work with local residence increasing their influence in the society.


was might have served as the turning point for the police to lose their trust among residents?  Thinking critically, has there always been mistrust?

This is what was written and I have to answer to the question below (BCJ 2000 Unit VII)

Having witnessed the benefits of community policing, one can easily support and encourage the efforts of it. I agree operations carried out to discourage crime are effective as they are unconventional, unpredictable and threatening to criminals. The mended relationship between the police force and the community they serve also scare illegal activities as they only thrive on the assumption of common stereotype against the police. Numerous neighborhoods have been rehabilitated and residential officers planted. An even larger number of operations and programs have been initiated in many areas across the country to solve respective prevailing crimes. Community policy has helped eradicate break-ins, drug trafficking, homicides and other serious crimes by use of custom problem-oriented solutions.


what are some of these programs and which of the programs have been most successful?

This is what was written and I have to answer to the question below (BCJ 2000 Unit VIII)

Skills from community policing are among the many concepts acquired during the course. Concepts such as the importance of the communal relationship with all the activities I am involved with, if I am to find favor to work with and within it. The course shows that I need to generate trust between the two parties and maintain it in order to achieve this. Also, I have learned to use first principles in problem-oriented policing in order to not only solve, but also trash the can. Other key concepts I have derived from the course include the acquisition of skills such as initiative, ethics, laws, civility virtues such as tolerance, kindness, consideration and understanding. 


Thinking critically of the skill sets mentioned, which one applies to all of the components within the criminal justice process the most?

I have to comment my classmates Board Question this is what she wrote: (BCJ 2000 Unit VIII)

I was unaware the concept of Community Policing could assist Law Enforcement in dealing with reoccurring crimes, and even help solve crimes.  It is fair to say, I have had a tad bit of tunnel vision when it comes to police work.  It is much more than just solving crimes and talking to criminals.  It is very obvious, involving yourself (as a police officer) in  the community more, it makes people feel safe,it keeps them informed on crime in the city and also good things going on in the city.  I will make an honest effort for sure to be more involved with the citizens of the city I work in, to involve myself more in the community.

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