Analysis of new developments in a regional criminal justice organization. You are a member of a regional criminal justice organization. You have volunteered to collaborate with other members of your group to analyze new developments in the field and prepare a presentation you will share at a national convention of groups like the one to which you belong.
Your group has chosen these specific emerging developments: Interview others in your field about these developments.
Understand the ramifications of these changes.
Prepare a 500-word position paper that details the emerging developments researched by your group in the following areas:
Include the following information in your presentation for each of the emerging developments:
Include a minimum of 3 references from texts, articles, journals, local police or criminal justice policy, and websites; only 2 maybe websites. Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Criminal Justice may be used but not counted as 1 of the 3 to 5 references.
Collaborate with your group members and create a 3 to 4-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation, with detailed speaker notes, based on a position paper. You will present the paper and presentation at the national conference.
Community policing has its roots in such earlier developments as police-community relations, team policing, crime prevention, and the rediscovery of foot patrol. In the 1990s it has expanded to become the dominant strategy of policing – so much that the 100,000 new police officers funded by the 1994 Crime Bill must be engaged in community policing.
Community policing (COP) is often misunderstood. Four essential principles should be recognized:
• COP is not a panacea. It is not the answer to all the problems facing any one department. However, COP is an answer to some of the problems facing modern policing and it may be an answer to some of the problems facing any one department.
• COP is not totally new. Some police departments or individual police officers report that they are already doing it, or even that they have always practiced COP.
This may be true. Even so, there are some specific aspects of community policing that are relatively new; also, very few agencies can claim that they have fully adopted the entire gamut of COP department-wide.
• COP is not “hug a thug.” It is not anti-law enforcement or anti-crime fighting. It does not seek to turn police work into social work. In fact, COP is more serious about reducing crime and disorder than the superficial brand of incident-oriented “911 policing” that most departments have been doing for the past few decades.
• COP is not a cookbook. There is no ironclad precise definition of community policing nor a set of specific activities that must always be included. A set of universally applicable principles and elements can be identified, but exactly how they are implemented should and must vary from place to place, because jurisdictions and police agencies have differing needs and circumstances.