Community PolicingWhy are permanent shift  and area assignments for officers important in community policing

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wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Another reason that community policing is no longer as common as it once was is due to budget cuts. Police stations have had to reduce the number of officers they employ. This means that most areas do not have enough personel to assign each officer a particular section of town. Officers must rotate shifts and area assignments. Community policing has its benefits. It allows people to trust the officers they deal with each day. It also allows the officers to have a better understanding of the people and the area they patrol. Crime rates often go down in an area with community policing. Unfortunately, many areas can no longer afford the number of officers that community policing requires.
mizzwillie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The regular shift and area assignments are so important, both for the officers and the community.  Trust is such an issue and ways to build trust so limited if the police officers don't know the people in their area.  People who live in the community begin to be part of the policing effort as they work with the officers to keep people safe.  The officers learn to truly listen to people's issues and spend the time and effort to change what is wrong because these become their issues also as their part of the pact to work together.  The key is a working partnership to solve crime and the other issues which affect the community in which the officers work.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
People get to know thier local cops when they have permanent assignments. This means they are able to develop a relationship with people, and people are more willing to trust them. They will also get to know the neighborhood enough to see when something is off. Having a regular police presence should lower the crime rate.
pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The previous post is correct about this.  The idea of the "beat cop" used to be very common.  However, it was done away with at least in part because officers who came to "own" a certain beat had too much opportunity to become corrupt.  This is one thing that stands in the way of community policing.

dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the concepts behind community policing is familiarity. If members of a neighborhood become familiar with the officers assigned to the area a relationship of trust can be fostered. Also, if potential criminals see the same faces day after day some believe this deters criminal activity.