Community-oriented policing is an approach that promotes organizational strategies, which support the timely and effective use of partnerships and problem solving techniques, to address public safety issues.
This kind of policing manages the causes and it is aimed at reducing the fear of crime and social disorder especially by making use of partnerships between the community and law enforcement authorities. As it underscores crime prevention, community-oriented policing represents a fundamental shift from the traditional, reactive, policing.
It recognizes that police can seldom solve problems alone and encourages interactive partnerships with relevant stakeholders such as governmental agencies, businesses, nonprofits, community members, and the media. These partnerships should be used to accomplish the development of solutions through collaborative problem solving and improving public trust.
Community-policing strategies have a positive effect on citizen satisfaction and trust in law enforcement agents, as well as in the reduction of perception of disorderly conduct.
At IPS, we create procedures to be implemented throughout all the core components of community-oriented policing including partnering with the community, problem solving, transforming policing agencies to support and empower front-line officers, decentralize command and encourage innovative problem solving.