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    Law Enforcement Personnel Management - Community Policing

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    Key Assignment

    With the advent of community policing, certain concerns have been expressed as to potential ethical dilemmas that community-oriented police officers may experience as a result of their having greater discretion and more public interaction than other officers within the department.

    Revise your Week 4 Key Assignment draft based on the instructor's and peers' feedback.

    Once you have finished revising, respond to the following in 1,000-1,250 additional words, and include your responses in your final Key Assignment Draft:

    Describe some of the unique ethical problems that community police officers can pose.

    Discuss how a change in police management styles can influence the police-community relationship.

    What types of roles do contemporary police officers find themselves in given the shift toward community policing?

    What services can be offered to citizens that will help improve crime prevention in a community? Explain.

    What best practices can you foresee as being used to implement these additional community services? Explain.

    Select 1 service, such as community watch, and explain how you would be able to improve it to prevent crime within a community.

    Be specific in your recommendation, and support your arguments with academic and scholarly resources.

    Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.

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    Step 1
    In case of community policing the police is required to build ties and work closely with the members of the communities. There are partnerships with the members of the community to solve problems and to proactively address the conditions that give rise to public safety issues. The issues that are typically taken up for community policing are crime, social disorder, and drug trafficking. With community policing there are several ethical dilemmas that occur for the police. These include the police officer not knowing the right course of action, the course of action selected by the police was difficult, and situations in which the wrong course of action was very tempting. For example, the police officer is in the home of a community service leader, when he suspects that drugs may be present in the house. When the leader is in another room, the police officer feels that it is right to rummage through the document cupboard in his absence. What community policing brings about is an increase in the political and social involvement of the police in the community. Also, community policing leads to granting of more discretion and autonomy to the police(a). Community policing increases the number and seriousness of ethical challenges presented to the officer. Common consequences of ethical challenges include loss of control over the officer's action by the department. More serious ethical challenges include corruption and favoritism shown by police officers.
    Step 2
    A change in police management style can influence the police-community relationship. The first change required is in the police organizational structure. Line organization is still the norm in police organizations. A small number of persons is supervised by the senior. The hierarchical system needs to be modified for improved community policing. A team based structure is required where there is greater ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution explains several issues related to community policing. The sources used are also included in the solution.