Community Policing and its Benefits
Constitutionally, the Police Force is saddled with the responsibility of keeping citizens and properties safe from harm and damage. Unfortunately, it is impossible to meet every citizen at the point of their security needs. Individuals have had to resort to hiring private security guards and security officials. Another option is the use of community policing in both residential and commercial areas. Community policing is a collaboration between the community and the police or security companies.
There are several benefits to be gained from implementing community policing in an area. The most obvious is a more safe and secure environment for everyone. This collaboration makes it easier for the police and security companies to identify the security needs of the residents. Community policing thrives on crime prevention and not crime response. This is possible when the community adheres to the “see something say something” security principle that helps to nip dangerous situations in the bud.
Community policing can foster greater community unity because it is literally neighbors looking out for each other. Cases of domestic violence could also significantly reduce because there will be a subjective person who can make a report before the ongoing abuse leads to irreversible consequences like the loss of the victim’s life. This unity emboldens community members to question any suspicious person found at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Because everyone has the same goal of keeping the community safe, the police and community members are more likely to have a cordial relationship flowing from working together. This way, when new security measures are introduced, it is easily accepted and adhered to. Also, many assume that the police only cater to elites in the community. With community policing, security policies are applied to everyone equally without discrimination as to wealth, political affiliation, skin color, or ethnicity. Citizens are able to voice out their concerns about their security situations because they know they have a listening ear.