Community Policing Law and Legal Definition

Community policing is a policing strategy where the same officer patrols and works in the same area on a permanent basis, with community members helping to identify suspects, detain vandals and bring problems to the attention of police. It promotes a proactive partnership of police with citizens to identify and solve problems. It further seeks to reduce crime and continuously improve good community relations by integrating officers into the local community. Hence, it is based on the concept that community interaction and support can help control crime and reduce fear. Further, it proactively covers the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime. It is also called as neighborhood policing. Community policing is comprised of three key components such as community partnerships, organizational transformation, and problem solving.