Community policing must include exactly that;
both the community and the police
Nearly every VCPI initiative, whether it’s training, technical assistance, program management, or any of the other many services VCPI provides, involves some form of community engagement.
- In some cases, community engagement is the sole purpose of the VCPI initiative. VCPI has assisted numerous law enforcement agencies and communities nationwide in their efforts to build and enhance community partnerships, identify community issues and develop resolutions, define roles and priorities, and implement and evaluate community policing strategies and programs. In each case, VCPI has worked extensively with both public safety practitioners and community members, from start to finish, coordination to evaluation, offering facilitation of community forums, planning, subject matter expertise, and much more.
- In other cases, community engagement is approached as a foundation for a larger or more specific public-safety initiative. Community engagement is quite simply a requirement for effective community policing and VCPI encourages and assists public safety agencies nationwide in building community engagement capacity and strategies into their larger public safety plans and operations.