I believe that there is a need for a proper relationship between the police and the community because as we go on in time the police are starting to look like the enemy to the community. Today’s younger generation looks at police as if they were a threat due to past occurrences of brutality and racial profiling. One may agree that the police have not had a brilliant background. Many departments across the country have had internal corruption and negative issues. I believe that the community needs to assist in changing the way police departments work by getting involved in their practices. The police are sometimes tense towards the community because they do not know what they are facing in situations. I believe with the full support of communities police departments can create better initiatives that would greatly benefit both parties.
The advantages and disadvantages of this understanding are quite simple. The advantages of the community initiating close relationships with their police departments will stop police brutality and tension. The disadvantages of a close relationship may mean leniency in some cases and more budget for programs to be implemented. Many departments implement the DARE program, scared straight, and many others. With these closer connections to the public crime can definitely be shifted down into a lower rate allowing for a safe community.
The San Francisco community outlined in chapter 9 states that after special efforts for recruiting homosexuals have greatly reduced fears of reporting crimes among many members of the city’s gay community. I believe that a targeted effort as the one in San Francisco can greatly impact all possibilities of connection with a city and their police department. Other police departments in chapter 9 as in South Florida and New York City have also made special efforts. This time these departments have targeted certain ethnicities in a humane way to become educated to understand where they come from and create a safe environment.
Two population groups outlined in chapter 9 and their relationships with the police are senior citizens and the homeless. Police departments across the board, need to understand that senior citizens sometimes are not in the best shape to keep them safe. Therefore, police departments sometimes make efforts to educate elderly on how to combat crime from their very own communities. The COP program also known as the citizens on patrol is probably one of the most popular programs where elderly and even young people can become educated to safely combat crime.
My personal experience