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I work for a reserve unit in a small town in Minnesota, about 4,500 residents. I have heard of CPU's (community policing unit or crime prevention unit) and would like to enact one of these in the police department. One of the officers on the department was previously a reserve officer in a town where the reserves actually patroled the city (another small city) in a marked squad car, but did not take any law enforcement action. Rather, they were more of a presence and a resource for the community. He brought this up to me and I think the community would benefit from it. But, before myself and any supporters of this can take it to the police cheif, I would like some opinions. Do you think it is a good idea? Are there any statistics which show that this is good for community-law enforcement relationships?


Thank you for all input!

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There are a ton of resources out there that contains this information.  It is free on line for the asking.  Contact the National Community Policing Department of the Department of Justice and they will send you more information on this topic than you will ever be able to read in a year.


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Any personal opinions?

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Personally, I think community policing is something that can be done on a daily basis as part of your patrol duty.Before I continue let me state that I am a reserve officer who also patrols the community and takes law enforcement action when necessary. I will often get out of my patrol unit and walk from one end of a local shopping strip mall to the other and enter each shop to browse the shelves and allow fellow shoppers to come talk to me, I will stop in to the gas stations to talk with the clerk and enjoy a coffee or soda and again allow fellow shoppers to come talk to me. When I've had the opportunity, I've walked alongside the soccer field while a childrens soccer tournament was in progress. My office in next door to a veterans memorial that holds fundraiser events on Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Veterans Day and I will observe at a distance. Personally I think its a good idea to get involved and to be a presence and a resource. I think an officer can be a resource just by being in the office working on a report and being available to direct walk in requests for service. I'd have to agree with JIMROC in that there are tons of resources available online.


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Old, but I just saw it.


COP, Community Oriented Policing is nothing more than what we already do. Just a pretty, politically correct name for it. We had to take about a dozen classes over the years. Policing in Black Communities, Hispanic Communities, Asian and Arab Communities. What the customs and mindset is for each. Along with other classes like Police Ethics. They are nothing more than departments covering their behinds to avoid liabilities during interaction. If you are a decent cop, treat everyone with respect and do your job it all boils down to do just doing your job.


As for policing "other" jurisdictions with no police power, bad idea. Your dept. and the adjoining jurisdiction can enter into an agreement to do it. I would not patrol another dept's jurisdiction without police powes. Too much liability should you need those powers, specifically if a "violent" crime is happening or  my safety is involved.

 


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