The Impact Of Community Oriented Policing

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Community oriented policing is when police officers, and the community come together to fight crime. Some of the positive findings that researchers such as Gill et al., (2014) has found is that it increase police legitimacy among the community (Gill et al., 2014). Research has also found that community oriented policing does not have a strong effect on reducing crime, or fear among the community (Gill et al., 2014). In recent years we have seen an increase of distain toward law enforcement by millennial’s, and minorities because of the media portrayal of police officers in the shooting of unarmed men. In the distrust of police officers polls and studies have shown that African American, and Hispanic are much more distrustful of police officers …show more content…
There are many ways that police officer fight to increase their legitimacy, and show the community what they are all about, such as programs run by police departments. Two programs that are used by police department to help the community are “Drug abuse resistance education” (DARE), and the “Gang resistance education, and training” (GREAT); both of these programs teach young youth as well as adult about the dangers of gangs, and drugs (Dempsey et al., 2011). Another way that police department try to increase trust among the community is by hiring more minorities that the community can relate to (Dempsey et al., 2011). There are arrays of reason for the distrust of the police in the U.S.A, some have some legitimacy, but most are out of ignorance, and lack of knowledge as well as the News media/entertainment lack of ethics and just writing, and showing stories about police officers in a sensationalize …show more content…
I do believe that even though community oriented policing is lacking in many aspect it should be implemented in as many police department as possible, because at the end of the day the community is the backbone of law enforcement, and if police legitimacy keeps declining, I fear what is to come. As communities become less trustful toward law enfacement, less people will want to become police officers, and it could cause crime to also increase. The less trust that the community has toward law enforcement the more empowered criminals will become, and do as they wish. One thing that has been proven by researchers such as Gill et al. (2014) is that community oriented policing increases law enforcement legitimacy, and trust among communities, and we must increase police trust among our communities at any cost. Another thing that we must address is the lack of any ethics that the news media has, I understand that the number one priority of the media is to get the highest rating that they possibly can, but by sensualizing cases involving police officers, and portraying officers as “evil” and ”bad” all they are doing is making some in the public believe that police officers are all “evil” and “bad”. Lastly, I believe that the government should spend more money on the training of police officers to understand the cultures of others as well as

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