I am convinced that nothing can compromise officer safety more than leaders who either fail or are unable to lead their men and women into a close, collaborative relationship with the people they serve.
That is my experience, my study and my observation.
Close is better. Closer is safer.
That’s why true community-oriented policing works!
So, let’s get on with it and start implementing this recommendation (and others) of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
- More on Community-Oriented Policing HERE.
- And HERE.
- Additionally, there are well over a dozen posts on this site related to community-oriented policing. Use the search engine to find them.
Published by David Couper
I served over 20 years as the chief of police in Madison (WI), four years as chief of the Burnsville (MN) Police Department, and before that as a police officer in Edina (MN) and the City of Minneapolis. I hold graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and Edgewood College in Madison. I have written many articles over my years as a police leader. After retiring from the police department, I answered a call to ministry, attended seminary, and was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. After 25 years leading two Episcopal Churches in Portage and North Lake, Wisconsin, I now serve as Associate Pastor in a growing, dynamic, and Spirit-filled Lutheran congregation in nearby Mazomanie.
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