Friday, March 27, 2020

New Rapid DNA Technology Expedites Analysis of Samples

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Methods to Build Community Relations Through Police Departments

Law enforcement expert Phil Pulaski has been a featured speaker at events such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police, American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors and International Association for Identification. During March 2014, Phil Pulaski retired as Chief of Detectives of the NYC Police Department (NYPD) where he managed 3,600 personnel who, during 2013, investigated more than 256,000 felony and misdemeanor crimes (including 335 homicides) and arrested than 39,000 offenders

Recently, the NYPD promoted Rodney Harrison to be the first African American to serve as the Chief of Detectives. Previously, Chief Harrison was the Chief of Patrol where he implemented numerous successful innovative community policing programs. Chief of Detectives Harrison has prioritized reducing crime and building community relationships, and is well positioned to lead New York’s detectives.

In recent years, generational distrust between communities and the police have been exacerbated by tragic high-profile incidents. For this reason, community relationship building has taken on greater importance. There are a variety of methods available to departments looking to improve community relations. For example, departments can engage the community in joint planning and problem solving, providing an avenue for the public to voice their concerns. Other options include improved training, promotion through youth development programs, and connecting members of the public to social resources.

There are several actions individual police officers can take as well. In addition to volunteering within their assigned precinct, officers can interact more often with citizens in peaceful situations. These actions build personal relationships with citizens, and allow the public to get to know person behind the badge.