YEO Policy Books 2015 Policy Book - Page 51

Community Policing Action Plan Origin: New York City Office of the Mayor and New York Police Department Bill Name/Number: One City: Safe and Fair - Everywhere Link: Click here Summary: In June 2015, Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton unveiled “One City: Safe and Fair - Everywhere” to outline a series of strategic changes that together form a new comprehensive framework for neighborhood policing. Talking Points & Important Information: • This action plan is designed to solve the central problem in implementing the community policing ideal: providing officers with the time and training necessary to deepen relationships within the communities they serve, and transforming the role of officers from traditionally reactive responders to proactive problem-solvers in partnership with the community. In other words, this action plan equips local law enforcement officers with the tools they need in order to succeed. • In the past year, the nation shook as communities across the country suffered from the tragedies of police brutality, excessive force against minorities, and the lack of justice in the police-related deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray and many other men and women of color. • According to a study done by the St. Louis University School of Law, community policing is “commonly characterized as a model of policing that emphasizes problem-solving and partnerships between police and the communities they serve.” The study goes on to find that several common features of community policing programs are regular contact between officers and citizens, increased officer accessibility in a decentralized location, and an emphasis on community members identifying problems and cooperating with officers to address these problems. Considered “democracy in action” by some practitioners, community policing emphasizes community engagement in problem-solving. • Community policing emphasizes civilian partnership in problem-solving issues of public safety. It elevates a positive relationship between law enforcement officers and residents, and strives to support greater dialogue amongst stakeholders. 2015 POLICY BOOK LOCAL INTRO LEVEL PAGE 51