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As law enforcement professionals know, community policing is an important element of today’s policing landscape. Ranging from the Broken Windows theory to partnerships to help specific communities such as military veterans to employing volunteers, community policing is of relevance to every law enforcement organization.

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Police officers have probably never been better at what they do, but they have also perhaps never been less respected by some of their constituents. Practitioners must ask themselves how to meet the challenge of aligning the perceived legitimacy of police agencies with the advancements in the profession. Perhaps, the solution is to be found when all agencies embrace a community policing philosophy as the vehicle for achieving this alignment.

Law enforcement has recently seen the value of expanding relationships with many “communities” with the larger community. These special populations look to the police, the most visible form of government, to provide leadership in their communities and to better serve and protect them. Police leaders in Boise, Idaho, have taken steps to achieve this goal with of their special populations–military veterans in crisis.

An officer-involved shooting in March 2006 set off a pattern of distrust and tension in Spokane, Washington, that continued to increase over the next six years. In 2012, new leadership in the community and the police department established new oversight, policies, and a plan to reform the agency that including participating in COPS collaborative reform initiative. The COPs report was released in 2014, and the Spokane Police Department is working to implement the recommended reforms.



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