It is just as important that we provide training and tools to maximize relationship building as it is the many other facets of policing. By developing collaborative relationships, the police gain the trust of the community, and the community gains the trust of the police.
In Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City, New York, the law enforcement models and policing strategies employed are under review at the highest level of government. This commitment is achieved by training officers to develop relationships with individual members in the community, in addition to maintaining relationships with the social, business, and other governmental institutions.
The police often used a crime-suppression approach to community issues that involved flooding the area with police and arresting or citing anyone who broke the law, no matter how minor the offense—employing a zero tolerance policy. In our personal relationships, we know that there are ups and downs, periods of conflict, and periods of relative peace.
The resulting raids and prosecution of conspirators was not soft on crime, but a swift and decisive blow against terrorism. This involves officers wanting to dedicate themselves to working a particular area for long-term assignments that will connect each officer to the members of the community in a way that randomized deployments cannot.
Officers who have successfully developed ownership in their beat will receive more cooperation, more information, and more support throughout the neighborhoods they patrol.