Primary Roles Of Community Policing

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With the advent of the professional era, the focus for police officers was a move towards administrative efficiency and crime fighting, exclusively. The primary focus was on training, discipline and respect. While this era brought about much needed organization, within the departments, it also segregated the police from the public, thereby, eliminating positive contact which caused a reduction in the services that were previously provided to the public. Community Policing evolved as a result of widespread public distrust of and uncooperativeness with police, and the realization that the police could not have an effect on crime rates without citizen cooperation and assistance. According to Gaines, police departments have three primary roles:…show more content…
The primary responsibilities police administrators’ are to provide leadership and structure to the police organization so that the agency can effectively meet the needs of citizens for an orderly and safe environment in which to live and work (p. 4). Also, organizations react to their environment. The environment of police administration plays an important role in shaping the police organization and helping managers improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations and can also be an instrument for creating public support. The environment must be studied so as to determine development and forecasts of factors that will influence organizational success. It helps the managers to decide the future path of the organization. Organizations should observe the internal organizational environment. This includes employee interaction with other employees, employee interaction with management, manager interaction with other managers, and organizational structure, etc. An analysis of internal environment helps in identifying strengths and weaknesses of an…show more content…
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), officially the City of Los Angeles Police Department, is the law enforcement agency of Los Angeles, California. The mission of the LAPD is “to safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety while working with the diverse communities to improve their quality of life. Our mandate is to do so with honor and integrity, while at all times conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public confidence” (Department). The department’s critical task is to prevent crime and disorder as an alternative to repression by military force and severity of legal punishment. The organizational structure of the department plays a pivotal role in the effectiveness of the department. The department works according to a philosophy that holds police managers directly accountable for combating the crime in their assigned area and providing them the authority to deploy their resources to achieve the desired results. Police authority is linked to responsibility because managers are responsible for accomplishing certain results and must have the authority to use the resources to achieve the organization’s goals. To coordinate the activities of people, functions, and divisions and to allow them to work together managers must develop a clear hierarchy of
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