Assignment 2: Police Effectiveness and Community Policing
Police departments provide service to their communities and like any service it is important to determine whether the police are providing that service effectively. An inherent quality or design of community policing is that it effectively engages the community in crime prevention and crime intervention efforts.
Measuring police effectiveness in a community policing environment is an interesting challenge simply because the relationship between the police and the community is dynamic. Every community is driven by its own needs and therefore the implementation of community policing is different in different communities. Simple measures such as police response times or numbers of arrests or clearance of crimes may not be readily noticed by the residents of one community as effective service but might be greatly appreciated in another community.
Thus many factors affect a community’s perception of its local police department and various methods can be used to measure that effectiveness.
Discussion Grading Criteria and Rubric
All discussion assignments in this course will be graded using a rubric. This assignment is worth 40 points. Download the discussion rubric and carefully read it to understand the expectations.