Community Policing Is A Philosophy, Not A Program Essay

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Community policing is a set of principles that gives the community the ability to work with and influence the police. "Community policing is a philosophy, not a program." (Roth et al 2000) this is one way to look at community policing. Some believe it 's not actually a program or an organizational innovation but it 's a philosophy that puts the needs and quality of the community first. This strategy creates new policies, recruits different type of officers, change in primary objectives, type of services delivered, updated training as well as a change in supervision of street officers. Community policing has a long history and was implemented in the U.S. around the 1970s, undergoing many changes to become the policy that exists today and has roots in mid 19th century London when Sir Robert Peel led the London Police.
Sir Robert Peel created the Principles of Policing (Ferreira,1996). His principles supports the idea that police are public servants and must meet the needs of those who they are serving, “The ability of police officials to full feel duties is dependent on public approval. Police must achieve the cooperation of the public” (Ferreira,1996). Another quote from Peel supports limiting use of force necessary, “Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice, and warning is found to be insufficient.” Sir Robert Peel held his officers to high moral standards and in…

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