Police Community Relations
Did you know that 42% of Americans find their local law enforcement untrustworthy? This is due in large part to the number of police related incidents that have been in the news of late. The negative publicity that law enforcement is getting has an adverse effect on all police departments, nationwide. In turn this is having an effect on police-community relations. To better the relations between the Ringgold police department and the community there needs to be more outreach programs.
At this time I believe that the community relations are in a good solid place. We have areas that we can improve on. (R. Kinsley, personal communication, February 1, 2015). Our chief of police has a better …show more content…
A lack of community involvement will lead to some serious and perplexing problems within the community. Everyone needs to take the time to build a bridge towards better police-community relations. Doing so will enable citizens of the community and law enforcement to communicate, collaborate and work together to build a safer community. Benefits of improved relations also include better police efficiency, safer work environments, better job morale and being treated with more respect. The benefits also extend to the community with a safer environment, less tension among all involved and quicker resolution to crimes. With these benefits citizens become more informed and law enforcement become aware of the citizen’s concerns. Building relations is a process that will take time. With improved communication comes more trust which leads to success for all involved. The first step to building this bridge is to have a town hall meeting. In this meeting the police, as well as the community, need to listen to content as well as cues to better understand the wants and needs of all involved. Two-way communication involves considering verbal and nonverbal cues and physical appearance. Community members, as well as law enforcement officers, need to be allowed to vent. This needs to be done with the understanding that all involved will be