Community Policing Strategies

Community Policing Strategies

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Community Policing Strategies

Although researchers have continued to argue that the school is the safest place for children to be, school violence has become rampant in the recent decades whereby the violence occurs amongst students or students attacking the school staff. School violence occurs in various ways such as bullying, fighting, use of weapons such as knives, and gang violence where a group of students gangs up against one or some students. Instances of school violence have been reported to occur during the school sponsored events, on the way to or from school, and at school. Such cases have raised an alarm in the community and calls for the police intervention to help in curbing the criminal acts. Below is a discussion of what the police can do to prevent or reduce the impact of violence in schools.

While the bigger part is left on the school and the parents to prevent school violence, the police can also help at some point. First, the school can partner with the police to ensure that the security in the school is up to standards. When police officers are within the school compound where most of the violence takes place, they will be vigilant of the activities that take place in the school and be able to prevent the criminal acts in school such as bullying and fighting. Also, the police can help in the physical surveillance whereby they search the students as they get into the school compound in order to confiscate weapons which may cause extreme violence in the school.

In addition, the police officers can be on the lookout in the areas where the student pass on their way to or from school. As I mentioned earlier, school violence occurs on the way to or from school since the students are sure that there are no teachers who might be watching them. Having police officers around these areas will help curb school violence as they can stop the learners from engaging in the criminal act. On the same note, during the school sponsored events, the school increase the number of police officers in the school compound. During such events, many students from different schools gather in the school compound and the large number of students could be hectic for the teachers to control. Therefore, the police can help in controlling the students and this will help in preventing school violence.

In conclusion, the duty of preventing school violence lies in the hands of every individual in the community as many acts of school violence take place outside the school compound. Therefore, everyone in the community should be willing to join hands with the police officers and the teachers and report such cases. Also, the school should create awareness to the students on the effects of school violence and also impose school rules that will help in preventing school violence.

References

Cornell, D. G. (2006). School Violence: Fears Versus Facts. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Linda Miller, K. H. (2007). Community Policing: Partnerships for Problem Solving. Cengage Learning.

Miller, T. W. (2008). School Violence and Primary Prevention. Springer Science & Business Media.