Community Caretakers: A Case Study in Changing the Culture of a Campus Police Department

One of the greatest challenges facing law enforcement in the 21st century in the United States is earning and maintaining the trust of the communities it serves. At present, the narrative on community-police relations is often played out in the media. Unfortunately, the media tends to address community-police relations only after a high-profile, negative incident, such as an officer-involved shooting, and the relative lack of media coverage of positive community-police interactions serves only to fan the flames of any problems in community-police relationships.