Communication In Law Enforcement

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Communication between law enforcement and civilians has grown ever so further apart as time has gone on. Brutal shootings and violence on both sides are broadcasted in the media, making their communication that much worse. Civilians fear law enforcement due their assortment of defensive weaponry and the “legal authority to use coercive force” (Giles et al., 3). Police officers live with the constant fear that they might not make it back home to their families. To break the communication boundaries, law enforcement and the civilians will have to repair the broken trust and work together to improve our society. It is a known fact that the best way to control crime is cooperation between civilians and law enforcement. In recent years, the trust…show more content…
In their experience, they mentioned when walking the beat, they felt more in touch with the community and better equipped to protect it. They also explained how easy it is to feel like everyone is against you when patrolling in cars. Interacting with the community through walking a beat is one way to encourage effective communication; however, there is far more that can and should be done. To ease civilian worries, law enforcement agencies have been requiring their personnel to wear cameras to document all interactions between officers and civilians. This has lowered the amount of civilian complaints; but, has made police officers feel as if they are always being watched. There is a tug-of-war between what make citizens satisfied and what makes officers happy. The greatest thing both sides should remember is that the cameras protect not only civilians but the officers…show more content…
Casting aside biases is an important task for successful communication between law enforcement and the public. Interacting and getting to know someone on a personal level can help alleviate distrust; thus, improving the relationships we have day-to-day. Honesty and transparency help to maintain the safety of our civilians and law enforcement officers. Overall, we must learn to cast aside our differences and look to see the similarities we have to one
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