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      A. S. P. (UT)
21st BASIC COURSE. 2000.


                   COMMUNITY POLICING

Bob Trojanowicz described community policing as:

      "a philosophy of full-service, personalized policing where the
      same officer patrols and works in the same area on a permanent
      basis, from a decentralized place, working in a proactive
      partnership with citizens to identify and solve problems".


So community policing is any method of policing that includes a police
officer assigned to the same area, meeting and working with the residents
and business people who live and work in the beat area. The citizens and
police work together to identify the problems of the area and to collaborate
in workable resolutions of the problems. The police officer is a catalyst,
moving neighborhoods and communities toward solving their own problems,
and encouraging citizens to help and look out for each other.

To be successful, community policing requires the total commitment of the
big five, the police, citizens and subgroups tike business, media, political
leaders and social service agencies and other institutions of the community.
It is proactive, decentralized and personalized; it is full-service and works
toward the goal of removing predators from the streets and solving long-
term problems by dealing with the causes, not just reacting to the symptoms.

Community policing is based on the joint effort of citizens and police toward
solving neighborhood problems which in turn satisfies the expressed needs
of citizens and enhance the resident's quality of life. The community
policing officer assists the residents by meeting with them individually and
in groups in hopes that communication will lead to some consensus of
accepted action will be agreed upon and implemented by the residents. The
major considerations in community policing are: citizen input into defining
problems to be solved, citizen involvement in planning and implementing
problem solving activities, and citizens determining if their felt needs have
been met.

Community policing can also be defined as:
Community policing is an organizational wide philosophy and management
approach that promotes community, government and police partnerships;
proactive problem-solving; and community engagement to address the
causes of crime, fear of crime and other community issues.

So, one of the more important aspects of Community Policing is the
proactive, rather than reactive styles of policing. In a reactive police
department, the officers respond almost exclusively to incidents of crime and
calls for service as the need arises. Usually, these incidents are of an
emergency nature and action must be swift and not well planned in advance.
On the other hand a proactive police department will recognize the areas of
greatest concern and take steps that will lead to a reduction in the frequency,
and seriousness, of incidents in those areas of concern.

To accomplish these goals, the police department must work hand in hand
with community leaders, religious groups, service clubs and other
governmental agencies within the community. Specific concerns must be
defined. Problem solving strategies need to be designed. And most important,
these plans for improvement must be evaluated frequently to gauge their

Community Oriented Policing is a matter of giving people what they deserve.
The innocent deserve the highest level of protection we can give. They also
have the right to feel secure, and this may be as important as actually being
secure. The guilty, on the Project Report Community Policing other hand,
must feel that criminal acts will be discovered and prosecuted, or at the very
least they will become an object of our unremitting attention In essence,
levels of crime diminish as quality-of-life in the community improves.


     The fear of crime is reduced and quality-of-life is improved.

     The police become more accountable and effective.

Crime is a complex social problem that cannot be solved by any single
agency. When we recognize the complexity of the crime problem, we also
acknowledge the police are not solely responsibility for its solution. We
realize it would be unfair to hold an individual officer, or even a police
department, responsible for the crime rate. We are then confronted with a
dilemma as to where responsibility should be assigned. Unfortunately, the
traditional approach to crime control invests all anti-crime efforts in the
police The police embraced the role of crime-fighter but retreated from
responsible for rising crime rates. The police were often quick to take credit
for success but shun responsibility for failure. Community policing seeks to
address crime without being overwhelmed by the effort. The crime problem
is de-constructed into manageable pieces. Officers become responsible for
smaller geographic areas and projects. By narrowing the approach, trouble
spots can be identified and problem-solving progress measured. Officers
work with, rather than against, the public. They develop relationships with
community members and become accountable to the community, as well as
to their departments.

AS officers address problems of social and physical disorder, criminogenic
conditions diminish. The cumulative effect of improving quality-of-life in
the community reduces the levels of crime. In the process, the police become
more effective crime-fighters.

In Traditional Vs Community policing.
Traditional policing departments have long defined their primary mission,
and therefore their overall effectiveness, in terms of crime fighting. This all
too often leaves police officials no choice but to apologize that increases in
the crime rate are not their fault - and to claim victory for declines that may
or may not have much to do with police activity.

The danger is that this will lead to policing by and for the numbers - over
valuing quantitative results and under valuing qualitative outcomes. It
promotes an evaluation system that would, for example, ignore the
contributions of an officer who takes the time to cut red tape and convince a
young burglary suspect to enroll in drug treatment. At the same time, even if
that was likely to do little more than engage the rest of the expensive
criminal Justice system to little effect.

How does the police department record, compile, and codify incidents such
as when the officer got the young man into drug treatment? Community
policing, in contrast to the traditional systems, focuses on solving the
problems rather than on generating arrest statistics; quality not quantity. It
shifts creative problem solving -which the police have always done - from
being an informal part of the job to the essence of formal police work. As
this suggests, the challenge is to find ways to capture and present community
police successes, along with the traditional kinds of data that the police have
always kept and will continue to need to keep.

In professional jargon, the evaluation in most police departments is risk
averse- just don't let us hear any bad or embarrassing news and you will
score okay. Adopting community policing as a department wide approach
requires modifying the performance evaluations of virtually everyone in the
department to reflect how well they are expressing this new philosophy in
their work. However, it is a community officer out on beat who most
completely and directly expresses the performance evaluation for the
community policing officer's job; the changes that should be made in all the
other performance evaluations would logically flow from that example.

Obviously, performance evaluations should be based on behavior as much as
possible eliminates bias and prejudice. Soliciting support from officers for
performance evaluation is effected by how they are used does not take long
for employees in any organization to figure out when the performance
evaluations are punitive rather than constructive purposes. One function of
performance evaluations is needed to provide documentation to justify
disciplinary actions, but this use should apply to only a handful of cases.

The best form of accountability becomes the people, when the police shift
from confrontation to co-operation. Community policing emphasizes
community empowerment reflecting the transformation that takes place
when people stop being passive consumers of police service and become
active participants in helping to make their neighborhoods better and safer
places to live and work. By giving people a direct say in how they are
policed, the community can hold officers who stray directly accountable. At
the same time, the community officers serve as a check against vigilantism.

The face to face interaction between people and their police eliminates the
anonymity that allows crime and violence to flourish on both sides of the

law. The daily presence of police officers allows them to know which people
they can trust and which to keep an eye on. At the same time the people in
the community know their officers and can confront them directly with their
concerns - even their concerns about police misbehavior. There are no
protests, no marches, and no formal complaints to head quarters unless
misbehavior is serious or ongoing.

To regain community control and enhance police accountability, many
community leaders have renewed the call for civilian review boards as a way
of addressing the issues of excessive force and to improve police community
relations, especially in minority neighborhoods. Yet experience shows that
these boards are often not made up of average citizens, and they do little
more than impose yet another layer of bureaucracy between people and
police. While the formal complaint system provide an important redress,
officers charged with misconduct must focus more on protecting their own
civil rights and minimizing department liability than on making

amends. The best solution for any crime including police brutality is
prevention -dealing with problems before harm is done. With the unusual
stresses and frustrations of police work today, it is easy to understand an
officer can be tempted to lash out. But, the challenge lies in dealing with the
problem swiftly and effectively so that today's shove does not become
tomorrow's punch - or worse, and before a budding “bad apple “can infect

Internal police accountability procedures, usually those linked to
performance evaluations and formal methods to deal with citizen's
complaints, are extremely important and should not be eliminated. They can
hold officers directly and immediately accountable their actions. Officers
know they will be forced to answer personally to whatever they do. They
cannot hide their identity by putting tape over their name badges and name-
tags. Appropriate and specific departmental policies and procedures, as well
as performance evaluations and precise job descriptions will go a long way
in helping police officers be accountable. But in the final analysis, the key
will be whether there is close interaction between police officers and citizens
to identify those officers who are misbehaving and compliment those who
are performing well. Both the formal departmental structures and continual
citizen input and feed back are necessary for an effective accountability

Community relations is the corner stone of effective policing. Indeed, many
observers argue that community relations is the role of policing. In this sense,
the police are seen as the lubricants in the wheels of society, smoothing the
passage of its citizens and intervening to resolve conflict and difficulty
wherever it should occur. Many calls for our services touch upon the
relationship, between the members of public - as victim or assailant as
accuser or accused, as protester or object of protest, and every contact
between police and public has potential to influence the wider aspect of
community relations.

Handling issues of community relations therefore calls for a policing
strategy which recognizes the all-embracing nature of the relationship
between police and public.

But an important message that emerges is that while such a grand strategy is
essential, what counts most is translating the macro-philosophy into practice
on the ground - into initiative which have real meaning and influence at the
local level and at the level of individual in society.

Community relations
The success in revitalizing community relations, in raising community
consciousness, and in improving the relationship between community and
police depends on police loosening some of their control of policing in the
widest sense. This requires consultation, understanding, negotiation and co-
operation between the community and the police. Whether it be Officers out
on the streets or at policy levels, there is a need for all involved to be
working at that end.

The major thrust of the policing strategy to improve community relations
must be through improved communication. Consultation and contact with
the community must be pursued with vigor. It is essential that police find out
from the public, who pay for us and are our customers, what they require
from us, how sensitive we are being to their needs and how satisfied they are
with the service. There must be a dialogue. This ensures that the
communication is two way. Police need views of the public, but they also
need to be informed of the difficulties in policing and the competing and
sometimes conflicting demands placed on us. This communication leads not
only to the effective and efficient use of the resources, but to our investment

for the future. Every opportunity of making positive non-confrontational
contact with members of the public needs to be maximized by police at all
levels. Good communications through such channels permits the flow of
accurate information, ('information' being the keyword) which aids the
consultative process, dispels rumors and counter misinformation. The media
also have a significant role to playing communication. Many people do not
have specific contact with the police and will form an. impression of us and
our work on the basis of what they read and see in the media. This is also
applicable to the way in which some groups in the community are perceived
by others - and this impacts our impression of them as well. This emphasizes
the need to develop constructive relationships with the media. This must
entail persuading out officers to the need for openness and emphasizing the
good results that can be and are being achieved. Police do have hiccups, of
course, but positive publicity certainly assists the public in understanding
police better.

Participative policing
An effective community relations strategy calls for strong police action not
only in conjunction with the community outside, but also through its own
internal policies. Effective communications internally is quite as important
as externally. Through their contact and involvement in the community,
constables have information vital to the decision making process. Inevitably
the knowledge and experience-of senior managers are neither sufficiently
current nor gained in the same context as officers currently working within
the community. The " When / was ......"syndrome does not equate with good
policy, and tactics will fail if they are out of touch with the reality of
policing. Internal consultative and participative mechanisms are therefore
essential, with officers who are aware of the importance of their role in
decision making being much more likely to give good commitment to it.


Police System
Each police station has its' own jurisdiction and is responsible for the safety
of it’s’ citizens. Each police station has several different sections, including
the community safety, investigation and traffic sections to deal with a
variety of incidents. Within their jurisdiction, the Koban and Chuzaisho
form the basis of police community activity. At Kobans, policemen work in
shifts and at Chuzaisho, they work full time and live there, often with their

Policemen in Koban and Chuzaisho are involved in crime prevention,
arresting suspects, directing or controlling traffic and patrolling. Policemen
are constantly fighting against crimes such as murder, robbery and theft
which threaten citizens’ lives. They try to solve the crime for the sake of
victims. Any help or information from citizens helps greatly in solving the
cases more quickly Community policing officers maintain constant alert
while keeping direct contact with citizens, day and nights, everyday for the
year. Through maintaining street watch, patrolling neighborhoods and
visiting homes, community police officers ensure the safety and peace of
community life by preventing crimes, arresting criminal suspects,
controlling traffic, offering juvenile guidance, protecting lost children and
drunks counseling citizens in trouble, etc.

The Koban system, indigenous to the Japanese police and achieving a world-
wide reputation, secures the safety and peace of community life through
daily contact with local residents. The system is highly efficient and
relatively smaller number of police can preserve the local security. This
system consists of police boxes and residential police boxes at
approximately 15000 locations all over the country.

Police Boxes as basically deployed in urban areas and community police
officers maintain an around - the - clock watch there working under the three
- shift system as follows:
1. Full - day duty (from morning to next morning ).
2. Off duty (the day following the full day duty) and
3. Day duty (from morning to evening ).

Residential Police Boxes are mainly located in such rural communities as
agricultural, forestry and fishery towns and villages. In principle, one
community Police officer works there living with his family in the attached
quarters, These police boxes and residential police boxes are the most
familiar police contacts for the community residents who feel a great sense
of security from its existence- These officers are always visible on the street,
and community residents constantly come and ask for assistance in various

The Koban system attracts much attraction from abroad. Singapore has
already adopted the system, and Philippines and Malaysia are now on the

way to its adoption.

Patrol cars equipped with radio:
Radio - equipped patrol cars are deployed with prefectural police
headquarters, police stations and police boxes. Police officers use them for
surveillance and patrol within the jurisdiction to standby for any incidents
that might occur in the daily life of the community. While keeping in radio
contact with the communications command centre of the prefectural police
headquarters. Should such case arise, they rush to the scene and carry out an
initial - stage operation, thus playing a major role in quick solution.


Vigilance at police boxes
Vigilance at Police boxes and residential police boxes maintained by
standing watch in front of the Police Box or sitting watch from its inside
enabling them to respond immediately to any incident. It also receives crime
reports from citizens, handling lost and found articles, counseling citizens in
trouble, giving directions, etc.

Police officers carry out their duties outside police boxes by patrolling their
beats either on foot, by bicycle, or by car.

Visits to homes and work places
Community Police officers assigned to a police box periodically make a
routine visit to houses and offices on their beats to give advice on the
prevention of crime and accidents, troubles and requests for the purpose of
reflecting such views in police operation.

Publication of information pamphlets
Majority of police boxes are issuing news - tatters that usually bear titles
reflecting a well - known location or land mark in the community. These
news - letters are homemade by community police - officers for local
distribution. These "Koban newsletters” are popular and playing important
role in promoting a friendly contact between the police and the community.

Community activities
Community Police Officers engage in activities to prevent Juvenile

delinquency and
contribute to the sound growth of young people. Volunteering their off -
duty time they teach boys and girls various sports such judo and kendo and
culture activities including painting, calligraphy, etc.

Counseling services for citizens.
The police establishment in each prefectural Police headquarters has a
general counseling office unifying the counseling offices. Furthermore, a
nation wide telephone line exclusively for counseling service has been

GOOD   COOPERATION                WITH        CITIZENS        &       CIVIL

At present Koban Liaison Councils are established at approximately 11000
districts throughout the country. Each council is made up of community
residents from different walks of life. The Council members tell their
opinions and request to the Police and study and discuss their problems with
the police to promote community safety activities.


Crime prevention associations are playing a central role in creating a crime
free safe. Community by promoting crime prevention and cleaning up the
environment surrounding Juveniles in co-operation with the Police.

About 4,75.000 houses are designated as crime prevention Liaison Stations
nationwide to serve as basis of civil crime prevention activities in the
community, The following are the major activities:

1. Report of incidents and accidents.
2. Sponsorship of round - table discussions on crime prevention and
3. Delivery of crime prevention publication. .


In order to prevent juvenile delinquency and contribute to their sound
development, civil volunteers engage in juvenile guidance clean up the
social environment surrounding young people. There are approximately
6000 juvenile guidance counselors 51,300 juvenile guidance personnel and
1.100 juvenile police assistants nation wide.


To swiftly and centrally process Dial 110 calls and other emergency calls
about crimes and accidents, the police have installed communications
command centre at each prefectural police headquarters. The centre plays a
pivotal role in initial stage police operations with their staff working in shifts
on standby, day and night. Upon receipt of a Dial 110 call, the
communications command centre instructs patrol cars and the officers at the
Police Boxes to rush to the scene of crime for the purpose of promptly
arresting suspects or rescuing victims. When a serious criminal offence
breaks out, the centre issues an emergency deployment order where to arrest
suspects quickly and collect materials for post-offensive investigations.

The number of Dial 110 calls has been increasing year by year and is
increasingly playing a significant role in police operations.


The most significant aspect of community policing consists in breaking
down the barriers separating community and the police. The problem of
community policing is both of theoretical and practical nature.

First, much of the discussion of community policing has tended to overlook
the politically ambivalent role of the concept that it poses for the police.

Second, the high degree of individualism which characterizes the cities
where the opportunities of crime are multiplied in the anonymity of the city
streets, the factory, and the market place, is going to limit the effectiveness
of any form of policing which relies heavily on the collective endeavors of

the community. Since social and geographical mobility have created
relationships that cannot be governed by informal controls so, same is true
about the concept of community policing as it is entirely based on collective
efforts of police and the community.

Third, another obstacle to the development of community policing is the
collaboration of police with other agencies in the communities. Here
problem canaries regarding the sharing of information between agencies, the
accountability of different agencies and their respective responsibilities.

Fourth, the men who join police are often very young in age as well as in
maturity of temperament and judgment. Training in the use of force and
authority to use it, combined with youth of most police officers, can well
inhibit the capacity of a police officer to emphasize with the situation of
those being policed in ethnically diverse and low income neighbor hoods.
Community policing requires effective interaction between police and
ordinary citizens so, community policing demands a degree of emotional
maturity more likely to be present in somewhat older officers. Thus, the
youth of police recruits appear to be less inclined towards the job of
community policing.

Despite all the practical problems the idea of community policing is not
without substance and that the constraints discussed above do not make it
virtually impossible to achieve. The concept of community policing has a
enduring value and if police encourage community based crime prevention,
emphasize non-emergency interaction with the public, increase public input
into policy making and de-centralize command, there is no reason why it
will not succeed. All it needs is the good intentions.

The role and concept of community policing in Pakistan stems from the
principle of the system of criminal administration which again is based on
public order/disorder, depending upon various social and economic variables.
The ideal would be that we have a system which conjures forth the objective
respecting police-public relationship wherein a police figure, whatever rank
and status should be regarded by every law abiding Citizen as a wise and
impartial being acting as protector against every conceivable threat.
Factually speaking the Pakistan police." community policing model is
fraught with following demerits:

 The Criminal Procedure Code ( Cr. PC ) governing the exercise of
  police actions is based on a legislative act devised by Britishers in
  1898. Hardly countable amendments might have been made in the act,
  Although various chapters/sections/provisions of the act
  comprehensively deal with the administration of criminal justice but
  when put together with Police Rules 1934, scarcely delivers the good.

 The system of police personnel training in Pakistan depends primarily
  on the social and cultural fixations of the instructors who run the
  academies/institutions of training. Devoid of intellectual investigation
  and proper psycho-academic case study of problems the Pakistani
  system steps into any given situation through ill-equipped operational

 Lack of funds and poor working conditions from an ordinary
  constable to the Inspector General of police promote sickening
  functional environment wherein reformatory part of community
  policing barely comes in,

 Brutalities, violence and infringement of basic human rights in
  Pakistan is another source of malady attached with the system of
  policing. Financial corruption at every tier is an additional factor
  taken note of in the system.

 Insufficient sophisticated training of police officers, both pre-service
  and in-service, in subject matter of human relations plus in-effective
  administrative policies and supervision relative to police misconduct
  are noticeable factors.

 Serious credibility questions regarding internal discipline and
  investigative procedures besides inadequate statistics/data relative to
  citizen complaints always lacks in the system.

 Deficiencies in public information and interpretation regarding
  complaint procedure have to be kept in view. Closely allied with this
  is an attitude towards complaints that is reflected in making the
  procedure overly formal, unduly difficult, inconvenient, embarrassing,
  or legally foreboding complainant, Numerous police agencies have no
  established pattern of complaint procedure, handling same in

   haphazard manner, for example, at the level of Superintendent of
   Police, he may sometimes tend to deal with all the complaints
   personally or at other times he may assign an officer for the same.

Before suggesting measures to solve the problems of police - community
relations, we must accept this fact that no program oriented towards the
betterment of police -community relations can be successful without
improving the basic service conditions of the police officers.

 Recruitment on merit.

 Improvement in training programs according to the present day

 Public must be fully informed regarding their police, the service
  rendered and the improvements made to build up a better and cordial
  image of police.

 Frequent visits of the area by police officers in non-emergency times.

 Participation in local social functions.

 Encouragement of respectable of the area to visit police stations.

 Projection of police activities through proper press relations.

 Visits of schools and colleges by police officers to build up their
  respect in the minds of the students for having better community
  relations in future.

 Police officers must scrutinize their working, their behavior and their
  own point of view.

 Improving community relations involves not only instituting programs
  and changing procedure and practices but re-examining fundamental
  attitudes. With this police officers will have to learn to listen patiently

      and understandingly even to the people who are openly critical of
      them, since, they are the people with whom relations need to be

    The desired relation ship between the police and the community is
     impossible to attain unless both have suitable attitude. Public thinks
     that only police is responsible for good community relations, which is
     wrong. Community policing is a matter of shared responsibility and
     total involvement of alt citizens, whether or not they wear badges.

    The revival of the most extinct village police will of course contribute
     a lot in bringing the community and the police together, groom their
     relations and inspire a team spirit in them against crime which is a
     responsibility of both and more so of the community.

In a nut shell, to move forward towards a greater cross community
acceptance of a police service and the creation of a new relationship between
the community and the police who service it, three vital elements must come
into play. The first is that it needs to be accountable to the immediate
community it serves. Secondly its
 operational independence needs to be protected and thirdly distance must be
maintained between politicians and police.

For policing in the community to be successful it must be based on the
concept of partnership between the community and the police who service it.
However the success of all partnerships re built on trust. But that trust
cannot be established unless there is irrefutable evidence of a mutual
willingness to accommodate each partner. In this partnership between
community and police there must be willingness on the part of each partner
to be open, honest and accountable for decisions and actions.

On the part of the police there must be a willingness to be transparent and
also responsive to community needs and fears. On the part of the community
members in the new oversight structures there must be a corresponding
willingness to be pro-active and well informed.

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