Collaborative Policing: Countering America’s Culture of Violence
Collaborative Policing: Countering America’s Culture of Violence
A child pets a NYPD police horse in Times Square during Memorial Day weekend 2011. (Vincent J. Bove)

A child pets a NYPD police horse in Times Square during Memorial Day weekend 2011. (Vincent J. Bove)

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and the author, Vincent J. Bove, at the NLEA luncheon on Dec. 13, 2013. (Vincent J. Bove)

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and the author, Vincent J. Bove, at the NLEA luncheon on Dec. 13, 2013. (Vincent J. Bove)

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton speaking on collaborative policing to over 150 law enforcement and private security professionals at the ASIS International NYC Chapter Yale Club luncheon on May 22, 2014. ASIS International is a global community of over 38,000 public and private security practitioners. (Vincent J. Bove)

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton speaking on collaborative policing to over 150 law enforcement and private security professionals at the ASIS International NYC Chapter Yale Club luncheon on May 22, 2014. ASIS International is a global community of over 38,000 public and private security practitioners. (Vincent J. Bove)

Over 750 law enforcement and private security professionals attend the National Law Enforcement Associates (NLEA) luncheon at Chelsea Piers on Dec. 13, 2013. The NLEA conducts training while facilitating cooperation among its law enforcement and private security members. (Vincent J. Bove)

Over 750 law enforcement and private security professionals attend the National Law Enforcement Associates (NLEA) luncheon at Chelsea Piers on Dec. 13, 2013. The NLEA conducts training while facilitating cooperation among its law enforcement and private security members. (Vincent J. Bove)

Over 600 law enforcement and private security professionals attend the NYPD SHIELD conference at One Police Plaza on Dec. 13, 2013. NYPD SHIELD is a program coordinating the efforts of public and private sectors with the goal of protecting NYC from terrorist attacks. (Vincent J. Bove)

Over 600 law enforcement and private security professionals attend the NYPD SHIELD conference at One Police Plaza on Dec. 13, 2013. NYPD SHIELD is a program coordinating the efforts of public and private sectors with the goal of protecting NYC from terrorist attacks. (Vincent J. Bove)

Over 800 law enforcement and private security professionals attend the ASIS International Annual Security Conference and Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York on March 14, 2014. (Vincent J. Bove)

Over 800 law enforcement and private security professionals attend the ASIS International Annual Security Conference and Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York on March 14, 2014. (Vincent J. Bove)

Over 150 law enforcement and private security professionals attend the annual ASIS Western New Jersey Chapter Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in Morristown, N.J., on June 23, 2014. (Vincent J. Bove)

Over 150 law enforcement and private security professionals attend the annual ASIS Western New Jersey Chapter Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in Morristown, N.J., on June 23, 2014. (Vincent J. Bove)

America must not become desensitized to the scourge of violence traumatizing communities. Each human life is sacred and deserving of dignity, liberty, and security. America must protect and serve each and every person.

Understanding and implementing collaborative policing is critical to countering America’s culture of violence and securing the nation.

Coast-to-Coast Violence

Below is a partial list of the violence gripping the nation over the last few years. It paints a disturbing picture of the lack of sanctuary anywhere.

June 11, 2014: A Roman Catholic priest is shot to death and another critically wounded in an attack at a Phoenix church. The killer was apprehended and charged with first-degree murder, burglary, and armed robbery, among other charges.

June 8, 2014: Two on-duty Las Vegas police officers are killed in cold blood while sitting in a pizza shop on their lunch break. Another man was also shot to death while trying to stop the carnage. According to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, 63 officers have died on the job in 2014—a rise of 40 percent from last year. In Chicago, published reports on the same day (June 8) stated over 30 people were shot over the weekend, four of them fatally.

April 2, 2014: A shooting at Fort Hood leaves four people dead—including the gunman—and 16 others injured.

Feb. 5, 2013: Shirley Chambers, a mother living in Chicago, loses her fourth child to gun violence. Her first was killed in the 1990s and two others were shot to death just months apart in 2000. In a March 9, 2009, publication, 508 Chicago school children were shot from September 2007 to the end of December 2008.

Dec. 14, 2012: A 20-year-old kills 20 children, ages 6 and 7, and 6 adult teachers and staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Oct. 12, 2011: Eight people are shot to death at a beauty salon in Seal Beach, a small Southern California town. It is the deadliest mass shooting in Orange County history.

April 4, 2009: While a group of immigrants are taking a citizenship class, in Binghamton, N.Y., a gunman opens fire and kills 13 of them before committing suicide. The police chief stated that these were just people trying to better themselves and become citizens.

Collaborative Policing

In order to respond to America’s culture of violence, properly understanding and implementing collaborative policing—an evolution of community policing widely used especially in the 1990s—is more critical then ever.

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) defines community policing as follows:

“Community policing focuses on crime and social disorder through the delivery of police services that includes aspects of traditional law enforcement, as well as prevention, problem-solving, community engagement, and partnerships. … Community policing requires police and citizens to join together as partners in the course of both identifying and effectively addressing these issues.”

Collaborative policing is a much deeper form of community policing, as recently stated by NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton during a June 2014 interview with COPS. Bratton stated that collaborative policing is a natural outgrowth of community policing with more of a focus on inclusions, transparency, and bridge building.

Transforming Communities

There are many outstanding and desperately needed community cohesiveness-building programs essential to collaborative policing. They must cultivate leadership, trust, and vigilance within every facet of our communities and include:

  • Faith-based partnership building
  • Cross-cultural partnership enhancement
  • Student educational initiatives at schools and campuses
  • Ongoing leadership/ethics certification programs for police personnel 
  • Citizen/business/interdepartmental/interagency initiatives
  • Law enforcement/private security conferences and summits
  • Citizen police advisers and subject matter experts
  • Neighborhood revitalization initiatives
  • Precinct/department certification initiatives
  • School, workplace, domestic violence prevention programs
  • Gang/terrorism prevention initiatives

America must be reawakened and we must be transformed from our culture of violence. The bonding between the police and the people through the collaborative policing philosophy is a critical first step in the right direction.

Vincent J. Bove
Vincent J. Bove

Vincent J. Bove, CPP, is a national speaker and author on issues critical to America. Bove is a recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for combating crime and violence and is a former confidant of the New York Yankees. His newest book is “Listen To Their Cries.” For more information, see www.vincentbove.com

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