Community Police

My Experience in   Community Policing

      "Community Oriented Policing (COP) is a developing paradigm for law enforcement that places an emphasis on prevention of crime through a program placing the police and the community in closer contact and making them partners in achieving a reduction in crime. The approach has gone by several different names but is based largely on a proactive view of the role of the police and on making the police more a part of the community and less a last refuge for victims after a crime has been committed. This approach started as Community-Based Policing (which did not lend itself to the sort of descriptive acronym that COP does). Kenney and McNamara (1999) state, "Community-oriented policing emphasizes improved police-community relations in hopes that that will assist in solving many problems in particular neighborhoods.
      Community policing is defined as any method of policing that includes a police officer assigned to the same area, meeting and working with the residents and business people who live and work in the beat area. The citizens and police work together to identify the problems of the area and to collaborate in workable resolutions of the problems. Moving neighborhoods and communities toward solving their own problems, and encouraging citizens to help and look out for each other. To be successful, community policing requires the total commitment of the police, citizens and subgroups like business, media, political leaders and social service agencies and other institutions of the community. It is proactive, decentralized and personalized.
      It was just after 2 a.m., Thursday, February 12, 2005.   I was on my routine patrol in the area of 27th avenue and 62nd street when I saw a great amount of smoke coming from a residential area.   In minutes, I found the source of the smoke; it was the Ashley’s residence and the smoke was pouring from the roof.   I quickly called for assistance from Miami Dade Fire Department...