Thursday, September 4, 2014

Community Relations

The time to get to know the people in your city is everyday.  Tomorrow, next week, next year something bad could happen that would put your agency in a bad light.  If you have spent time doing the groundwork then your credibility will be high and able to withstand a bad incident.

One use of force incident that is caught on video can cause people to think the police have done something improper.  Video does not always capture everything and often begins after the precipitating event happens.  People generally have no idea how difficult it can be to stop a suspect even in a justified use of force, lethal or non-lethal. 

So when they see one, they frequently think the police are out of control.  By having a good relationship with your community, people will be more willing to ask questions and listen to answers before determining if an incident is proper or not.  They will also be more forgiving if officers make a mistake on an incident; that's what the SGT Says.

1 comment:

Protect_and_Serve said...

"Can't you just give me a warning?"

Yes, you we can!

One of the easiest ways to give a citizen a positive police contact is to stop them for a traffic violation, explain the issue and the solution, and if at all possible for the circumstances let them off with a verbal warning. (Remember the purpose of the stop is to modify behavior)

That way, instead of cussing you on the way home they might actually say to themselves "Ya know I was guilty and that cop gave me a break, I guess they aren't all racist stormtroopers"