Community-oriented policing is a philosophy that has been attempted by police departments all across the world. While the focus has traditionally been to introduce sustained strategies for police departments in effectively policing their respective jurisdictions, many such programs fail in their application to produce measurable results. This causes police departments to revert to their “old ways.”
Officers, on many occasions, may see these strategies as being attempts from
management to try to “fix" their operational outlook or institutional culture and, as such, many resist such paradigm shifts. This research offers a pragmatic and substantive approach to community-oriented policing by focusing in three key, mutually dependent activities: Crime Prevention, Outreach and Inclusion.
Contextually sensitive programs are then built to fit the unique needs of the communities and their citizens as stakeholders of consensus. Quality of Life and Human Development are two such holistic aspirations that are introduced in this model.
The underlying goal of achieving sustained low levels of crime and street violence occur organically when the community proactively participates in the collective public safety and security. This proven framework is not composed simply of magic bullets to deal with crime as the symptom of complex socioeconomic root causes, but is rather a uniquely holistic and comprehensive policing model, whose findings suggest that police departments elsewhere can replicate similar results as seen in Bensenville, IL.
The research concludes that focusing policing efforts (at least one division) to improve the Quality of Life of all stakeholders in the community at large and implement Human Development are key steps in sustainably reducing
crime and violence. The most disadvantaged and marginalized residents—especially the immigrant and migrant communities—are to be offered the opportunity for Human Development and the actualization of their capabilities in their native language when necessary.
Overall, a comprehensive crime prevention program such as that which is detailed in this report carries great promise in effectively, efficiently, and sustainable reducing otherwise incidences of street crimes, while also fostering proactive community integration and collaboration with law enforcement.
In Bensenville, the results were over 75% Overall Crime Reduction, and 50% in year 1, and over 90% Violence Reduction. RESEARCH AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST: