Wednesday, February 13, 2013

One Reason Community Trust In Police Is Important

There was a good piece over at KQED that looked at Oakland, California's unsolved homicides. The story listed the main reason Oakland PD's clearance rate for murder was so low was the lack of trust the community had with those who police them.

"Most violent crimes are solved when citizens come forward and tell the police what they know," Krisberg says. "And that’s why the relationship between the police and the community is so critical. The community has to trust the police; they have to feel like they and the police are on the same side."

Via KQED News Fix Blog

I am a strong believer in community policing. We can never lose sight of the fact that we work for the citizens we serve. Working to build community trust continually will pay dividends when you turn to the community for help in solving a crime or in dealing with a crime problem.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks Scott. The national average for solving homicides is less than stellar but ddrops much lower in cities suffering from a disconnect from the public.
    Mistrust is the key, or better yet, a lack of faith in the agency's ability to properly serve their community.
    The IACP is undertaking an initiative to study best practices for improving homicide solvability rates.

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  2. Bright Blue, For communities like Oakland and Chicago, the lack of trust and poor track record at solving crimes is a vicious cycle. People don't trust the police because their track record is poor, but the police have a poor track record because people don't trust the police. A community/police partnership is the only way to effectively deal with crime problems.

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