Community policing doesn’t mean you’re patrolling the neighborhood. It means you’re part of the neighborhood, and you know who the bad guys are, and you make it safer for everybody else. Do foot patrols. Do bike patrols. Talk to people and get to know them.
That’s what Chicago PD Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at the opening ceremonies today at the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
The police have responded, and are responding, to being in a giant negative spotlight in the past year. Meanwhile, some groups want to continue a narrative that police believe some lives don’t matter and that most of them just beat people up.
One problem is, police not only have to do what McCarthy and Emanuel suggested, but they have to find more and more ways to communicate to citizens that they totally support community policing. Which most police chiefs and peace officers do.