Building Bridges: A Community Policing Overview for Citizens

This 4-hour course is designed to give the citizen partner a basic understanding of Community Oriented Policing, how it differs from other policing strategies, common terms and approaches, and a step-by-step process for solving neighborhood problems.

Community Oriented Policing is not a one size fits all approach to policing and dealing with community problems. Therefore, the course does not attempt to tell you what you or your police department must do to implement Community Oriented Policing in your community. There are, however, two elements that must be present in any community that has undertaken Community Oriented Policing: Partnership and Problem Solving. If either of these elements is missing from the policing strategy in your community, then a Community Oriented Policing strategy is not being used. The elements of partnership and problem solving are the focus of this course.

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