Pillar 4: Community Policing and Crime Reduction

21st Century Policing Recommendations

Pillar 4: Build Community Capital 

Trust and legitimacy grow from positive interactions based on more than just enforcement interactions. Law enforcement agencies can achieve trust and legitimacy by establishing a positive presence at community activities and events, participating in proactive problem solving, and ensuring that communities have a voice and seat at the table working with officers. 

Report Recommendation 4.1

Law enforcement agencies should develop and adopt policies and strategies that reinforce the importance of community engagement in managing public safety.

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Report Recommendation 4.2

 Community policing should be infused throughout the culture and organizational structure of law enforcement agencies.

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Report Recommendation 4.3

Law enforcement agencies should engage in multidisciplinary, community-team approaches for planning, implementing, and responding to crisis situations with complex causal factors.

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Report Recommendation 4.4

Communities should support culture and practice of policing that reflects the values of protection and promotion of the dignity of all, especially the most vulnerable. 

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Report Recommendation 4.5

Community policing emphasizes working with neighborhood residents to co-produce public safety. Law enforcement agencies should work with community residents to identify problems and collaborate on implementing solutions that produce meaningful results for the community.

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Report Recommendation 4.6

Communities should adopt policies and programs that address the needs of children and youth most at risk for crime or violence and reduce aggressive law enforcement tactics that stigmatize youth and marginalize their participation in schools and communities.

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Report Recommendation 4.7

Communities need to affirm and recognize the voices of youth in community decision-making, facilitate youth-led research and problem solving, and develop and fund youth leadership training and life skills through positive youth/police collaboration and interactions.

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