Community-Oriented Policing: Too Soft?

Think again!

Police Officer Deon Joseph works skid row in Los Angeles — truly one of the toughest neighborhoods in America. And the amazing thing is that he does it with what can certainly be called true “community-oriented policing.”

Officer Joseph has worked this district for 18 years and never has been stabbed or shot. Why? Because if he needed help, people in this troublesome and needy neighborhood would come and help him. And the reason is simply because they know that he loves them! Yes, he uses the word “love!”

What you see with Off. Joseph is not your ordinary militarized policing operation but one based on procedural justice and respect for those who are served.

See his walk-along interview: