COP in Evanston

Nice video produced by the PD in Evanston, IL to promote their community policing efforts. Emphasizes place-based problem solving officers and closer liaison with elected aldermen.

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2 Responses to “COP in Evanston”

  1. John Welter Says:

    Gary, this is a good PR video. Unfortunately, I was hoping it was going to show community partnerships. There is nothing in the video that demonstrates actual “problem solving” or a “partnership.”

    What is the community doing in this video that demonstrates* their*partnership responsibility? Calling the police? Asking them to check on an elderly shut-in? Playing basketball with kids? This kind of video adds to the ongoing undermining of Problem Oriented Policing. This video shouldn’t mention or refer to “problem solving teams” unless they show something other than law enforcement examples. Of course if all problems look like a nail……they can hit it with the enforcement hammer. This video should be promoted as the value of *community relations *not solving problems.

    It appears that we are returning to the same message that gave Community Policing, and eventually Problem Oriented Policing, a bad rap in the 80’s and 90’s. I think I’m going to give up on trying to influence police to actually “partner with the community” and solve problems. There is so much more the community can and should be doing to solve crime related problems in* THEIR* neighborhoods. Someone needs to make that video.

    John

  2. John Welter Says:

    Thanks Gary. This is a good PR video. It’s very nicely done.

    I was hoping it was going to show some community/police partnerships. However, there’s nothing in the video that demonstrates actual “problem solving” or a true “partnership.” I think we would all expect equal effort and equal responsibility by partners in any “partnership.”

    What is the community doing in this video that demonstrates their partnership responsibility? Calling the police? Asking them to check on an elderly shut-in? Playing basketball with kids?, Don’t get me wrong, those are all very important activities.

    I’ve found community members also appreciate being helped and coached on how to take action on their own to reduce or eliminate crime at a certain location. After all, there are 3 sides to a crime triangle. The community has the most control and influence on 2 of the 3 sides. Why don’t we help them be a better partner?

    I believe this video shouldn’t refer to “problem solving teams” unless they show something in addition to law “enforcement” examples. Maybe they forgot to include an actual community/police partnership in solving a specific crime problem. I hope that’s the case. Of course if all problems look like a nail, and the police hit it with the enforcement hammer, then I guess the police are solving problems. The community is understandably happy with that relationship. I thing the’re happy because they don’t expect anything more than good PR and a rapid response from their police.

    It appears that we are returning to the same message that gave Community Policing, and eventually Problem Oriented Policing, a bad rap in the 80’s and 90’s. The message then was that community policing is really community relations and not much more. So what’s new?

    I hope it’s not impossible to influence police to actually “partner with their community” and “solve problems.” There is so much more the community can and should be doing to solve crime related problems in their neighborhoods. It’s certainly not easy. It takes leadership, training, partnerships, and rewards.

    Someone should make that video.

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