The Role Of A Paramilitary Structure On The Community Policing Philosophy

788 Words Mar 18th, 2016 4 Pages
The implications of having a paramilitary structure on the community policing philosophy is greatly affected by structure of the organization itself, the culture it produces and the training it is responsible for. These are the three main tenants of policing that have the most significant impact on how the police works, and how it does what it does. Ultimately the military influence has led to a long a difficult road to change. The emphasis on military functions so close to the public service is questionable because it emphasizes complete autonomy, secrecy, solidarity and authoritarianism, the opposite of the organizations agenda for partnerships, accountability and problem-solving emphasis. The difficulty remains that with this structure in place, many of the philosophical tenants of CP will be unattainable because the structure, culture and training do not compliment the goals and missions of the current CP era. There is sufficient evidence to indicate that CP initiatives have promising results in reducing crime, although a direct correlation is not always apparent (see Williams (2003) and Reisig (2010)). Breen (1997) pointed out that “the likelihood of community policing having a long-term… impact on American law enforcement is questionable” if there is not serious consideration for the determinants of structural behaviour (Williams 2003, 126). Consequently, the inability to promote and achieve effective CP is rooted in the organization itself which in turn affects…

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