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January 12, 2022

Balancing Police Strategy with Community Concerns

By claresnape

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The balance of carrying out an effective police strategy while making sure community members have their concerns addressed can be tough to find. While transparency and community engagement are incredibly important, so is keeping certain information confidential and communities safe. We have put together some points to consider as you work to find the balance between an effective policing strategy and community engagement. 

Consider what you can share with the community

Community members like to know what is going on in their community, why decisions are made by police, and why money is allocated to certain line items in the budget over others. This information is important to share with community members because they can offer valuable feedback on the problems they see in the community and solutions they think would be beneficial. Offer explanations, areas for improvement, what worked and what did not, etc. when possible to build trust between community members and the police force.

Listen to community feedback

Community members like to know what is going on in their community, why decisions are made by police, and why money is allocated to certain line items in the budget over others. This information is important to share with community members because they can offer valuable feedback on the problems they see in the community and solutions they think would be beneficial. Offer explanations, areas for improvement, what worked and what did not, etc. when possible to build trust between community members and the police force.

Listen to officer feedback

Police officers working within the community are another important source of information. Where do they see problems? What strategies do they use day to day? Do they have suggestions of new tactics to implement? Police officers who work in the community are the face of your police strategy so if they do not believe you have an effective strategy, neither will the public they interact with.

Be willing to adapt

Soliciting feedback almost always means you will find some things you are doing are not working. To have an effective strategy, you must be willing to adapt and incorporate areas of concern, new tools or technology, and public opinion into your strategy. If community members or officers are bringing a problem to your attention that may not be a focus of your strategy, it is crucial to investigate the problem and adapt your strategy if necessary. 

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