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I think there are several benefits to community policing. First of all, putting police on foot into the areas they serve or even putting a police station in a troubled high rise or public housing complex, brings the officers into the neighborhood where they can get to know the people. They also can do prevention work to solve problems and head off trouble. Trust can be built with youth activities planned with the police officers, so that the officers don't become the enemy. Immigrant populations which so often have a negative relationship with law enforcement in their native lands are reluctant to trust the police here in this country. Community policing allows a bridge to be built to connect with the immigrant population. As a volunteer within the jail system, I see only positive benefits coming from community policing.
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