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Police departments are critical to society in keeping law and order ***** protecting individuals from those that do not believe in following the laws that have been created. One of the ways that they do this, and one of the most serious ***** that police departments are reorganizing today, is through ***** use of community policing.

One ***** the main strengths of community policing is the fact that ***** same policemen are in the ***** ********** each day (Clearwater, 2001). They work a particular neighborhood or area on their shift, and sometimes they walk or ride a bicycle instead ***** driving a squad car and ***** themselves isolated from the rest of the world by their guns, bullet-proof glass and radio equipment. They become more accessible to citizens by doing *****, and they encourage more open communicati***** when they are not in ***** squad *****s, which often make police officers look very official and also very unapproachable.

Community ***** lets the officer really see the neighborhood, from the same kind of angle ***** a resident would. In some *****s, especi*****lly ***** that ***** crime ridden or have o*****r anti-law issues, community policing may be seen as a nuisance by the people who are not interested in be*****g caught by police. This is actually good, because it *****s to protect ***** residents of the neighb*****hood ***** might otherw*****e not feel safe at all, especi*****y at night, ***** if they live al*****.

Commun*****y ***** is not without its weaknesses. Just like in every argument or discussion on ***** method is best, there are two sides, ***** ***** do ***** agree on anything, except ***** they d*****agree about the subject in question. According ***** those who don't feel th***** community policing is helpful in *****e fight against crime, the crime rate h***** not gone down because ***** community *****. The crime rate has gone ***** because ***** rates fluctuate (Grisby, 1997).

In o*****r w*****ds, the crime will come back up, whe*****r community policing stays around or not. The argument here is that criminals are going to be ***** whether ***** are police in the *****a or not. They might try to move to a*****her area, or they ***** stay put, enjoy*****g the thrill that they get by pulling off a crime right under the noses of the policemen that have *****en assigned ***** protect a p*****rticular neighborhood.

Ei*****r way the criminals decide to handle things, the theory is ***** community ***** ***** not s*****p them, and the reason for this is that community policing was ***** ***** cure-all that police departments claimed it to be. Instead, they just got very lucky and implemented ***** policing ***** the same time that the crime rate had come down, which made ***** look as though they had done something to lower the *****, when in fact ***** came down of ***** own accord.

***** organization of a police department is a very important issue. It not only allows everyone to know *****e they stand

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