1. Discuss the community policing philosophy.
Community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies that support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.
Community policing evolved as a philosophy for the delivery of police services in the early 1990s. It involves the police as one resource of many in dealing with community and neighborhood problems. Community policing is not only meant to deal with criminal activity but the overall quality of life in communities and neighborhoods. The resources involved in community policing in partnership with the police involve the community residents, social service organizations, and other government organizations. One of the most important goals of community policing is to shape the public’s perception of the police by providing problem solving to the communities they serve, both in and out of the criminal justice system.
2. Search your local or regional news web page and locate a current event involving law enforcement officers, summarize the article or post, and discuss your perception of the police officers’ actions. What contributed to your perception? Please consider the media’s role in the event, the leadership of the department’s role, and the community’s role.
After searching our local area news the current event that I chose to discuss for class that involved law enforcement officer was a domestic violence call that led to a police officer shooting and an injuring a suspect who was reportedly strangling a woman inside a car on the 4th of August 2019.
The Juneau Police were called to the Safeway parking lot Saturday morning around 9:10 a.m. after reports of a physical dispute. An ambulance was also called to the scene.
When officers arrived, they found the 29-year-old suspect inside the vehicle. An investigation revealed the man was preventing the woman from leaving the vehicle. Police say the suspect had the woman in a “choke hold.” The suspect didn’t comply with verbal commands, and resisted when officers attempted to take him out of the vehicle. A struggle ensued and the man armed himself with a knife, according to police. That’s when on officer shot the man twice.
The man was taken by ambulance to the Bartlett Regional Hospital and later flown to Seattle via medevac. The woman was also taken to the hospital for medical attention.
According to the Juneau Police Department, the responding officers have been placed on administrative leave, per policy.
My perception of the police officers actions during this incident is that they both did the job that swore to, the day they graduated from the academy. They kept the women safe and prevented anyone else from getting hurt. Domestic violence is always an unpredictable situation. Both of the officers involved are very well respected and did what they were trained to do in a situation like the one they were in. We sometimes forget how hard of a job law enforcement officers have and I think in this event they both made the right choices to protect the victim and to control the situation by apprehend the criminal, as best they could.
As for the media’s role in this situation, they were quick to report the incident and gathered the facts that did not portray the officers in a negative light. Juneau is a small community compared to larger capital cities where word of mouth can travel quickly which ensures the media will have to report the events accurately considering any possible details missed will surface via word of mouth.
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