Proactive Policing Law and Legal Definition

Proactive policing refers to the theory and practice of employing criminals before they commit a crime, thereby preventing crime from taking place in the first place. It is one of the components of community policing, where police work with groups outside the police department to respond to an emerging issue instead of responding after a crime has occurred. In proactive policing, police and local communities work together to identify concerns, reduce crime and the improved the relationship between law enforcement and local communities.