The philosophy of community policing guides police management styles and operational
strategies. It emphasises the establishment of police-community partnerships and a problemsolving approach responsive to the needs of the community.
Discuss the concept of community policing briefly under the following headings:
Direct accountability of law enforcement and the community
Law enforcement officials play an important role in our communities. They undertake efforts to ensure justice for the approximately 8.25 million criminal offenses each year.
They also conduct over 10 million arrests a year in an effort to ensure public safety and hold individuals accountable for violating the law. Police accountability involves holding both individual police officers, as well as law enforcement agencies responsible for effectively delivering basic services of crime control and maintaining order, while treating individuals fairly and within the bounds of law. Police are expected to uphold laws, regarding due process, search and seizure, arrests, discrimination, as well as other laws relating to equal employment, sexual harassment, etc. Holding police accountable is important for maintaining the public's "faith in the system"