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Crime occurs in various neighborhoods throughout the United States; however, crime prevention and crime deterrence should be a priority within every neighborhood. As residents within towns, cities, and rural areas we tend to believe that crime does not occur in our own neighborhoods until it becomes reality. Small crimes can lead to larger crimes and it is up to us as residents, neighbors, and or community members to make a positive impact on reducing crime in our geographical area.
I recently joined a group online that provides community notifications, events and crime reports and I was surprised to read about a car theft within my neighborhood. How could I be gullible to the reality of crime when I have two college degrees of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security and the several years of military experience? I have become unaware of any events within my neighborhood when I know and learned years ago to practice the value of never becoming complacent, especially as a Combat Soldier. Prayer, preparedness, vigilance, training, timing, reaction, location, offense, and defense often were the probability for survival.
As a resident, neighbor and community member, I have to always be aware and to positively impact the community that I reside in through my own actions. What can I do individually to improve my community? If each of us positively impacts our community it will positively impact our neighborhoods, town/city, county, state and nation just like a domino effect. Have you ever noticed on the news when a crime occurs in a large city that usually not too many neighbors know the victims of a crime? Each of us should know our neighbors and join a neighborhood watch.
I rarely open my door because I do not trust anyone but my husband will open the door without hesitation. My inability to trust others creates a negative impact on my community. I am not saying to trust every resident within my neighborhood; however, I can have a welcoming and friendly approach toward my neighbors with the knowledge that trust is earned. As I mentioned previously, my first act is joining the online neighborhood website that I was invited to which allows me to meet my neighbors. Although I purchased my home eight years ago, it is time for me to actively impact my community. I rarely spent time in my home until last year because of my work (two jobs), military operations, deployments, and hospitalizations.
The second active role for me is to become an active member toward community policing. Community policing is a commitment between the neighborhood, police department, and government toward neighborhood crime prevention. Each of us should respect each other and dedicate ourselves toward creating a harmonious neighborhood. Respect begins with the person we see in the mirror and we share that respect to our neighbors, neighborhood, police officers, government officials, and every living thing that we meet and or interact with during our lifetime. Those who learn the value of respect will respect their own lives and will practice morals and values that contribute toward success within them and their community. Respect creates peace and peace creates trust and trust creates harmony and harmony creates communication and communication creates agreement and agreement creates positive charges! Through positive charges all reaction and interaction will reduce violence within our community and positive charges will spread to other communities!
Thirdly, is for each of us to become dedicated toward problem-oriented policing within our communities. Any problem that exists within our community that hinders our actions toward community policing has to be tackled in order for community policing to succeed. For example, if we have a problem with theft within our local store, we have to observe the factors and evidence within the theft. What items are stolen? What time does it occur? What type of deterrence exist s to prevent the thefts? What types of security cameras are installed to deter and identify suspects? Are the suspects identified and are their names and photos released to the media through a crime stoppers program? These are just a few questions however within those same questions and additional questions require further review and analysis. If these individuals are stealing due to a drug problem, we have additional factors to review and analyze because we all know that drug use and the seller inflates crime, violence, and homicides. The law abiding citizen’s life is in jeopardy as a customer of a store, as a driver or pedestrian, and as a resident within their home.
The recent media coverage of police brutality and killing of citizens of various ethnicities does not occur within all counties within the United States. Brutality toward minorities has existed for many centuries however there are numerous police departments that are dedicated toward diversity training and other programs. There are police departments increasing the number of minorities that are hired. The media has to increase their coverage of airing positive stories between police officers and minorities. Each decade the relationships between the police and citizens are improving and it is necessary for the respect to begin with each of us. Respect is necessary to build trust among each other. In order for all communities to build trust within the community members and the police will require several initiatives to build trust among each other. Community activities and events that show that the police exist to help keep communities safe and in order are one important move with a get to know each other community event filled with balloons, flyers, games, snacks and introductions. Police officers visiting the schools to introduce the police to provide information, and the opportunity to become a police officer one day are a tremendous building of trust. Adding concerts and musical showcase from students within the local schools will help to promote the strengthening of trust within young children and the police.
We all have to view our community/neighborhood as royalty (royalty is cherished and never neglected or destroyed) and if your community/neighborhood does not meet the characteristic of royalty, it is up to each of us to find ways to improve our community into royalty. Every life is precious and each of our life should experience a life of royalty and a home and community that exist through royalty. All of our actions should promote self-love, love of all living things, trust, integrity, partnership within community and problem-oriented policing.
Remember: Money does not save a life but love, trust and integrity will help save a life!
Police departments that do not have the funding for community policing, there are various grants and funding for community policing. Information can be found under the following website:
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