An idea for the times, community policing is a collaborative
effort between the police and the community that identifies
problems of crime and disorder and involves all elements of
the community in the search for solutions to these problems.
A practical approach, community policing offers law enforcement
a way to help re-energize our communities by seeking the input
and talents of all members of the community in the effort
to safeguard our neighborhoods. Community policing officers
work hard to connect with their constituency. They are assigned
to the same areas every day, they get to know the local merchants
and residents alike. Often they meet with community membership
organizations and school groups. These uniformed professionals
frequently hand out informational materials, stickers, coloring
books and such as reminders of their main message: we all
have to work together. A whistle is a powerful handout to
offer to community members of all ages. From young to old
and everyone in between, a whistle will stay around, never
break or be discarded. They are genuinely appreciated for
the quality and the role they play in community safety
programs. Putting a safety whistle into the hands of community members
not only delivers a practical safety tool, but with a custom
imprint on the top of the whistle, it reminds individuals
of not only who gave them the whistle, but also that they are responsible for their own safety as well as
the safety of those throughout their community.
Need help publicizing your Whistle Defense Program?
Check out this press
release and the South
Elgin Police Department website.
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