While community policing is a useful tool in crime prevention, its applicability depends on the cooperation of the major stakeholders, who in this case are the people facing the challenge of insecurity. The community in Corktown believes that law enforcement officers are characterized by poor service delivery, and thus there is reluctance in relaying information to the police to avert crime in this community. According to published sources, only 5% of the population have interacted with police officers to share information on matters of security (Curtis, 2017). For community policing to be effective, there is a need to build trust between the police and the community. The following steps are vital in addressing the issues facing Corktown.
Police engagement will be aimed at establishing a good relationship between the community and the police. Some activities that are vital to enhancing the aspect of trust include community walks, serving dinner at the community’s church and implementing a “serving our community” initiative to change the wrong image of the police.
Establishment of a Community-Police Council
There is a need to establish a community-police council so to have representatives from neighborhoods, local businesses, church organizations, youth groups and the law enforcement officers (Grabosky, 2009). The committee shall aim at establishing an effective strategy to avert the high crime rate in Corktown and to change perceptions to facilitate a decisive engagement. With the implementation of the council, the community shall have the ability to speak and present their fears to the relevant authorities.
Establishment of Teen and Police Service Academy.
With the high rate of unemployment in Corktown, most teenagers are likely to make uninformed decisions which end up haunting the community. The academy is vital to ensure that teenagers who have a propensity of making bad choices are enrolled in alternative schools to neutralize the criminal infractions. The law enforcement officers shall act as the mentors who will be tasked to provide proper training at the academy and enhance one-on-one contact with teenagers who are at risk of getting involved in criminal activities.
The community partnership with the law enforcement officers shall aim at residents reporting incidences of crime at a nearby police station (Winters, 2018). Consequently, the number of police stations should be increased from three to six police stations to serve efficiently. Community policing booths shall also be used a channel of communication. Placement of information boxes at strategic places shall allow classified intelligence especially in localities classified by high levels of threats from criminals such as the Cocaine cartels. With the improved relationship between the police and the community, residents shall be allowed to call or text law enforcement agencies to inform them of incidences of crime. With the partnership, threats and vulnerabilities shall be easily identified, and resources shared in case of an attack. A specialized domestic violence council shall be established to carter for the high cases of homicide in Cork town.
The police officers shall not be deployed until at least three years elapses to ensure that the public gets to know them well and the police officers shall be required to consult with the community to identify their needs and design effective crime prevention strategies. Every type of committee formed shall meet at least once in every two months and share information related to crime in Corktown and raise awareness to relevant authorities. The proposed committee between the community and the police shall comprise of the chairperson who shall be a community leader, the vice-chairperson shall be the commanding officer of the station, and there shall be utmost 12 community members. With the implementation of the proposal, the crime rate in Corktown shall reduce significantly.
Curtis, A. (2017). Policies to prevent crime: Neighborhood, family, and employment strategies. Newbury Park, Calif: Sage Publications.
Grabosky, P. N. (2009). Community policing and peacekeeping. Boca Raton: CRC Press.
Winters, P. A. (2018). Crime. San Diego: Greenhaven Press