Community Policing and Technology
Community Policing is the future of how police must and will interact with communities. The goal of Community policing is easily summed up in two words: optimal communication. An official definition of Community Policing is as follows:
Community Policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies that support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.
Community policing needs community partnership and organizational transformation to aid in solving problems. Community partnerships come from working with the following:
(1) Government organizations
(2) Community groups/members
(4) Private business
Organizational transformation is the framework and use of internal department:
(2) Organization structure
(4) Information Technology
Another important aspect of community policing is transparency. Like any relationship trust is built from mutual respect. Respect is rooted in understanding. Understanding is rooted in strong communication. Therefore, the best conversations are always rooted in transparency.
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat, etc. are social media platforms focused on connecting people with information shared between them. These platforms have provided a new forum of conversation to occur between police and communities. However, these platforms have not changed the conversation to the point of disruption and/or facilitate real change.
The above-mentioned social media platforms are loaded with content not related to your community. It shows content relevant from all around the globe. What this does is clog news feeds. There are no individuals more informed about what’s happening in our local communities than First Responders.
There are existing platforms of information outside of social media that police and fire departments use to inform the public, but most, if not all, of the time the information reaches the public days, even weeks, after its relevancy. Also, there is no non-formal conversation that occurs between First Responders and the community, which is harmful to a First Responder.
For technology to truly help community policing it must improve the platform and fundamentally change how departments communicate with the public, forever.
First Responders Live is a product in development. We are working with local Police and Fire departments to develop the single most disruptive community policing technology seen in a long time.
Please message us with any thoughts or if you would like to help in anyway. Thank you!