Ideas & Insights: Community Policing Revisited

Recent events across the United States suggest that the relationship between police officers and some members of the community—in a number of jurisdictions—may be at a crossroads. Several high-profile encounters between the police and community residents may be an indication that there is a deep mistrust in each group toward the other. These encounters have captured widespread attention, spawning tag lines such as “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and “Black Lives Matter,” which have been chanted in protests in many jurisdictions.