"Community Matters" - SPECIAL EDITION - "Community Policing: the 'new' normal?" ~~ Bill Murray, our host, is the well-respected community voice of public safety, violence prevention and a leader in anti-child abuse and trauma efforts. His significant circle of influence includes his work as the founder of both LA Community Policing (LACP.org) and the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA.org). ~~ "The topic of 'community policing' has been in the news again lately .. and is often discussed as a new and even revolutionary idea," says Bill. "But it's been around a long time, and there's considerable experience to share about the philosophy in reducing crime and the fear of crime." Establishing a Neighborhood Watch is perhaps the cornerstone of the a local community policing crime prevention strategy. It enlists the active participation of residents, in cooperation with law enforcement, to reduce crime. "Ideally it's a back and forth cooperative exchange," Bill explains. "Neighborhood Watch groups develop solutions to local problems. Officers supply crime information to neighborhood watch organizations and instruct these groups in various crime prevention techniques." These groups also help build pride in a community, and a reduction in the fear of violence. ~~ "Where is the UNITY in 'community' these days?," Bill asks. "Unless we can learn to set aside our differences and start paying attention to how shockingly similar our experiences, feelings and actions are we'll not make progress." CHECK OUT the new Facebook page: LACP - Community Policing at https://www.Facebook.com/LACP.org
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