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    • 00:05

      [Collaborative Police Work]

    • 00:11

      BRIAN HENRY: When I was a younger kid,I used to play football.So one of my coaches was a police officer.So I just always admired what he brought to the table--the stories he could tell, the mentoring.It was fantastic.Hello, my name's Brian Henry.I'm a commander with the Evanston Police Departmentin Evanston, Illinois. [Brian Henry, Commander,Evanston Police Department][POLICE CHATTER]

    • 00:31

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: We'll go over National Night Out, figure outexactly who is going where.And, hey everyone.[INTERPOSING VOICES]

    • 00:37

      DISPATCHER: A report of two male subjects occupyinga white vehicle parked in front of 2130 Keeney,possibly using drugs inside the car.

    • 00:44

      BRIAN HENRY: I went to college.I got a degree in psychology from University of Illinois.I did the social work thing for a whileand decided to start-- this is what I really want to do.I want to be the police.So I started testing.And actually the first place I tested at was here in Evanston.And I ended up getting the job.So I worked in patrol for several yearsworking different shifts.

    • 01:06

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: And I got the opportunity to be assigned to the Problem SolvingTeam 12 years ago.And I was in that unit for three years.I generally-- my beat was down on the south end of Evanstonwhere we border Chicago.So back then that was a busier area.I made a ton of great connections.

    • 01:26

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: I learned a whole bunch about community policing.And it was great.I got promoted to sergeant.And I spent time in patrol, spent timein the juvenile bureau as a sergeant,and was promoted to commander.And when I was promoted to commander,the chief asked me if I was interested in coming backto the Problem Solving Team.

    • 01:47

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: And of course, without hesitation I said, absolutely.So I'm back here.The mission of the Evanston Police Department ProblemSolving Team is community policing.In essence, that's what we are.It's community engagement.It's getting to know people, the community other than justas a proactive police officer.

    • 02:08

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: It's not about responding to calls.It's about engaging the community.And it can be business owners.It can be street gangs.It can be residents in the community, clergy.It's about establishing relationships and forgingforward together as partners.It's more critical today than what it's been.But this is something we've been doing

    • 02:29

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: for a long time, 15 years now.I actually was in the unit as an officer going back10 years ago.So this is like coming back to home when I was moved hereas a supervisor.In 1995 the Evanston Police Departmentstarted a foot patrol unit, whichis really the roots to the Problem Solving Team.

    • 02:50

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: And again, that was officers going out on foot.They didn't take squad cars.It was like the old beat officersfrom back in the '50s and '60s.And the whole thing was to establish that communitycontact, to see that officer, to have that familiarity, whereyou can sit and engage an officer.Maybe you see something that you don't feel comfortable talking

    • 03:11

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: to another officer about.You have that relationship.You're able to really get information to us,allow us to solve things early.And it's just-- it's a much more proactive way of policing.So we can start out with the library.They're going to have an event from 7:00 to 9:00.DC, is that something you want to--

    • 03:30

      DC: You know what, I think I'm going to start offon Howard Street because I know they're goingto start walking at 6 o'clock.

    • 03:34

      BRIAN HENRY: Well--

    • 03:35

      DC: So I'll go down to Howard Street at 6:00.

    • 03:38

      BRIAN HENRY: I think I'll have Arzuaga do the library.That's his beat.And then I'll stop over there.Now, are you guys going to go on three?Or are you going to stay on one?

    • 03:50

      SPEAKER 2: You know what?I think it's going to be your choice on that.If you feel like there's going to bea lot of back-and-forth traffic, then maybewe'll want to go to three.

    • 03:59

      DC: OK.We'll just go to channel three.

    • 04:00

      BRIAN HENRY: Just go to three?OK.Well, more traditional policing is,there's a call for service that comes into 9-1-1 or to 3-1-1.And officers respond to the call.Generally they're in their police car.They get out to engage the caller.But it's more of a responsive type of policing.

    • 04:20

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: What our unit does, as I've said several times, it's proactive.It's getting to know community members.It's solving problems before they escalate and becomebig problems.It's quite a difference than traditional policing.The benefits to proactive policingis that you're going to have relationships.

    • 04:42

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: You're going to have knowledge of who livesin areas, who lives on blocks.So you're not necessarily-- you're not outlooking for offenders or going based offof-- responding based off of just descriptions of people.You have knowledge of who lives in the area, who'sinvolved in what.Let me give you an example.When I was in the unit, there was a quality-of-life problem

    • 05:08

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: down in one of the area parks wherethere were younger kids that were hanging out.They weren't really gang involved.But it was just a lot of kids that were just creatingdisturbances within the park.So we sat and problem-solved and brainstormedexactly how we-- what would be the best way to handle this.So what we decided is to send myselfand two other problem solving officers into the park.

    • 05:30

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: We spent numerous hours every dayestablishing relationships with not justthe people who were complaining, but with the kids.And by the end of the summer the relationship, the bonding,between the people who were complaining and the kidswas great.They were out playing with each other in the park-- I mean,playing baseball.It was wonderful.So that's an example of proactive policing--

    • 05:52

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: spending the time, taking the time,getting to know people within the community,and working with them together to solvethe problems in that community.It's a win-win for everyone involved.The sixth ward meeting is tomorrow night, correct?

    • 06:08

      PAT: It is tomorrow night at 7:00 PM.It's at Three Crown Park.I'll be there.The chief will be there.Alderman Tendam will be there.I'll be going first, speaking to the residents,giving them an update on what the police are doingand activities within the sixth ward.The two biggest activities that are going on within the wardare thefts of cars and car burglaries.

    • 06:29

      PAT [continued]: What is mainly happening is peopleare not locking up their cars or not locking up their garages.Since it's gotten warmer out, we'vehad a lot more burglaries and auto theftsup in the sixth ward.So we're going to drive home thatpoint that they need to lock their car,they need to lock their garages.In addition, when one of these younger offenders steals a car,

    • 06:52

      PAT [continued]: there's a potential that they could getinvolved in a high-speed chase.So just that much more added emphasisthat-- why they want to lock up their cars.

    • 07:02

      BRIAN HENRY: I would also mentiona lot of those-- especially newer-- cars,they have the lockout keys in the glove box.Just mention that, that if they dohave a newer car, that they may want to check the glove box.The owner manual for those lockout keys are in there.

    • 07:19

      PAT: Yeah, most of the cars that have been stolen upin the sixth ward over the past month or two,the keys have been in the car.

    • 07:26

      BRIAN HENRY: The regular set of keys?

    • 07:27

      PAT: Either that or the lockout key, and these guysare figuring out late at night that there's a key in there.And then they're just taking the car.

    • 07:35

      BRIAN HENRY: What we do is we meet weekly and discussdifferent problems that are occurring in each ward.And each aldermanic ward has its own problem solving officer.So sometimes it's nice to have a fresh set of eyes and ideason a problem.Occasionally an officer will look at something,get a little bit frustrated with it

    • 07:56

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: because the steps they're taking to solve the problemaren't really working.So sometimes when you have that other idea,that other fresh set of eyes thatare looking outside the box and coming up with solutionsor just talking about it amongst each other,we can come up with great solutions.And it's not just us within the unit.It's also at community meetings or while they're

    • 08:17

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: out walking the beat, talking to other people whoare affected by the same problems,and getting their input.I mean, you'd be surprised how often we can get solutionsto problems from talking to the folks that are actuallyinvolved within the problem.Collaboration within the police departmentis not just the Problem Solving Team.We have a gang and drug unit.

    • 08:37

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: So often if it's some type of drug complaint or something,we'll get input from the community.And we'll establish a better idea of exactly who's involved,who it's affecting, the times it's going on.And that's great information that we can pass alongto our gang and drug guys.It's also the patrol officers that are more the responsive

    • 08:59

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: type of police officers.The more information we can pass on to them,the better it makes their responsewhen there is an issue.Now, with the community, a lot of timesthe officers are out in the neighborhoods.There's talking to people in the community.But then there's also working with aldermans,working with other city departments.Property Standards-- we work with them all the time.

    • 09:21

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: If there's a nuisance property where a landlord's not takingcare of the property, there's not upkeep on the property,they're allowing people to rent there who aren't withthe program that are creating nuisances withinthe community-- Property Standards--it's excellent to work with them because they can approachthings from a different side that we can't.

    • 09:42

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: So it's a total collaboration.We have neighborhood meetings, ward meetingsthe officers attend.And they'll get more input as to what's going on,talk about how we're responding to it,and just get input as to what else can we do.What else-- how would you like to see this go?What other things can we-- how can we

    • 10:03

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: work on this together to solve the problem?Phenomenal response from the community.They know who their problem solving officers are.They love them.They work together they're used to seeing them.Often at these neighborhood meetingsyou'll get the community asking, can weget-- why can't all the officers come-- I mean,and it's just not-- some officers

    • 10:25

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: have to respond to calls.Unfortunately it's just that's the reality we live in.But the response is just, it's excellent

    • 10:33

      PAT: So we'll pass out the CLEAR pamphlet, whichis basically just an acronym.Call the police.Lock your doors and windows.Encourage neighbors to be alert.Avoid having valuables visible.And record all your serial numbers.So very simple, very effective wayof reminding all the residents what to do on just this littlepamphlet card.

    • 10:55

      BRIAN HENRY: Maybe take some of the Text-a-Tip pamphletsas well.We have them in the office.Grab a handful of those as well.

    • 11:03

      PAT: OK.And then the other thing is we will let the residentsknow that we offer residential security surveys,ways they can improve security at their home.Right now we're tied up with the city doing the security surveyson all the government buildings with all recent events,active shooters.But that's always an option to them

    • 11:24

      PAT [continued]: is for us to come out and take a look at their homeand see how they can improve security around the home.So we'll drive home that point as well.

    • 11:31

      BRIAN HENRY: We first start off by planning out our week.So we have a white board in the officethat we go through the whole weekas to what events we've got coming up,who's assigned to those events.And that's above and beyond just the normal workthat they do within their beats.There's events that we go to almost on a daily basis.

    • 11:51

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: So that all gets planned out.Then we'll generally discuss ongoing problems, especiallysomething that is festering.So it's that different set of eyes looking at the problem,problem-solving it.Our meetings are generally pretty loose.We all enjoy having a good laugh.We enjoy working with one another.

    • 12:13

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: And I think that comes across in our meetings.But it's generally talking about problems, talking about issues.And planning out a week.And also another thing we'll usually throw into itis, because they do go out on mountain bikes,usually they'll decide which days they're going out--if they're going out as a group, who's going out with them.

    • 12:34

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: So that type of stuff generally will fall into play as well.All right, 1:30 today, a special events committee meeting.Normally I go.It's at City Hall.But I do need someone to cover it for me.There are two topics that will be discussed, two events.

    • 12:55

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: One of them is that Main Street deal.What is it?

    • 12:59

      SPEAKER 3: Streets Alive.

    • 13:00

      BRIAN HENRY: Streets Alive?And it's just a follow-up.So there really won't be much for whoever goes to do, justtake a couple notes.Any volunteers?

    • 13:10

      SPEAKER 3: I'll go.

    • 13:11

      BRIAN HENRY: You got it?

    • 13:12

      SPEAKER 3: [INAUDIBLE] thank you.

    • 13:13

      SPEAKER 4: You're welcome.

    • 13:14

      SPEAKER 7: Liz, I [INAUDIBLE].

    • 13:15

      BRIAN HENRY: What else then today?Who's got what?

    • 13:17

      PAT: We're doing the site survey follow-up at the Crown Center--

    • 13:21


    • 13:21

      PAT: --with the building manager there.

    • 13:23

      BRIAN HENRY: OK.That's you and Will?

    • 13:24

      PAT: Yes.

    • 13:25

      WILL: We also have the exercise that'sbeing conducted at Northwestern.That's going to be after one o'clock.It's between 1:00 and 3:00.

    • 13:34

      BRIAN HENRY: I don't think I'm going to send anyone today.

    • 13:36

      WILL: OK.

    • 13:37

      BRIAN HENRY: There's two tomorrow.We'll probably send people tomorrow.

    • 13:40

      WILL: All right.Sounds good.

    • 13:42

      BRIAN HENRY: Each alderman has their own problemsolving officer.So part of that officer's responsibilityis to communicate with the alderman on a regular basis.And they do.I mean, the relationship and the bond that'sformed between the problem solving officerand the city official is outstanding.It's usually-- it can be emails or weekly communications

    • 14:06

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: over the phone.Hey, I heard this is going on.Can you take a look at this?I mean that type of relationship is phenomenal.And not just there, but looking at other department heads.I talk regularly with other department heads.But the officers, they have carte blancheto those department heads as well.If they have something going on, they know if I'm not availableor my sergeant isn't available, that they can

    • 14:28

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: go ahead and make that contact.And so those relationships are very good, very strong,even with the mayor and the city manager.I mean, the city manager just recently cameto one of our weekly meetings to discuss where things are at.So he's-- we get complete 100% support from city officials,

    • 14:49

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: which is fantastic.Coming up in a few days we have National Night Out,which is a big police supported and backed eventacross the country.We have numerous locations that are involved, and havetraditionally been involved in National Night Out.And that's through working with aldermen, block captains,things of that nature.

    • 15:10

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: And a lot of times the officers are just as much involvedin finding out what type of food trucksthey should get at these events because theyhave so much contact with the specific individualswithin those communities that it's just--So yeah, the collaboration is fantastic.And the buy-in, I should also say, from the upper managementhere within the police department is fantastic.

    • 15:31

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: The chief 100% supports this program,supports this unit, my deputy chief as well.It's great.I think that city officials are often involved.They're in the loop of what we'redoing because really what comes out of this unit--the work we do-- directly affects city officials,their relationships with aldermen-- the complaints that

    • 15:53

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: sometimes don't come into the police department,but may go to an alderman first.So that relationship is very strong.And their involvement throughout the processsometimes is very strong.They're very-- because of ward meetings that sometimes happenmonthly, a lot of times officers willgive updates of what's going on with particular problems,

    • 16:14

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: what's the status of them, how close weare to solving those problems.So the involvement with city officials is very, very good.They're very involved.Pat, you've got a ward meeting, right?

    • 16:28

      PAT: Ward meeting tomorrow, yes.And we're supposed to meet with the Chandler-Newberger Centermanager to start the security survey for that building.

    • 16:38


    • 16:39

      WILL: We spoke with Kevin Wallin yesterday.He was the manager.So, yeah we're going to set that up.

    • 16:44

      BRIAN HENRY: All right, so what timeare you guys-- I'm assuming you're doing thatbefore the ward meeting?

    • 16:48

      PAT: Yes.

    • 16:49

      BRIAN HENRY: OK.What time, you know?

    • 16:53

      PAT: We have to set it, probably about 2:00 or 3:00.

    • 16:56

      WILL: Late afternoon.

    • 16:57

      BRIAN HENRY: All right.And your ward meeting's at 7:00?

    • 16:59

      PAT: Yes.

    • 16:59

      BRIAN HENRY: OK.Where's it at?

    • 17:01

      PAT: Three Crown Park.

    • 17:04

      BRIAN HENRY: I think the most important traitfor a good community policing officeris they need to be outgoing.They need to be able to get past their own uniform.And I say that because I think that sometimesin law enforcement that's the internal strugglethat some officers have is, OK, I have the authority.

    • 17:25

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: I'm the police.And I think that if you come across like that all the time--sometimes you have to-- but if you come acrosslike that all the time, that's whereyou create that separation.So I think what's important for communitypolicing officers is they need to be able to relate to people.And they need to be able to know howto communicate with people in a way other

    • 17:47

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: than just the law enforcement citizen type way.I think that being able to have--find out what type of commonalities you have,and if it's discussing a sporting event,something like that, it just allows a citizen and a personto look beyond that uniform.So they're not just seeing Commander Henry.They're seeing Brian Henry.

    • 18:08

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: And I think that's very, very important today in policing.

    • 18:11

      SPEAKER 5: Adam and I have a meetingwith Bethel Methodist Church today,or this evening at 6:00 PM.

    • 18:18

      BRIAN HENRY: 6:00 PM?

    • 18:19

      SPEAKER 5: It's a Health Fair - Community Day that they'regoing to have August 13th.They're asking us to speak on police relations dealingwith some of the issues that's going on in the world today.So we're going to meet with them.And we'll have--

    • 18:28

      BRIAN HENRY: Is it more a planning meeting?

    • 18:30

      SPEAKER 5: Yeah, more of a planning meeting justto tell us exactly what they want our role to be.So we know the w Department will be there too.So that will give some insight of what they want us to do.We'll let you know.

    • 18:40

      BRIAN HENRY: The only problems that aren't best addressedby community policing are in-progress callsbecause the officers often are out on bike,they're out on foot, they're out in squad cars.But those in-progress calls, those callsneed to go into 9-1-1.And they need traditional type of response.But when it comes to quality-of-life issues,

    • 19:02

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: ongoing, reoccurring problems, they'reperfect for the Problem Solving Team.The collaboration, working togetherwith the community to solve the problem, those type of issues,and that's really-- I'd say 75% of the calls thatare the problems that are within the communitycan be addressed by the Problem Solving Team.

    • 19:24

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: It's just those in-progress calls.Or maybe if it's a drug complaint,something like that where there's a drug house or drugdealing, then that's probably best to be utilized,or the problem's best to be addressed by the gang and drugguys.A good example is just recently earlier this summerwith some of the gang problems that wehave in the community there have been a couple shootings based

    • 19:47

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: off of relationships that my Problem Solvingofficers, actually foot patrol officers, had with informants,they were able to get a couple of guns off the street.And that were people just turning themin because they didn't want nothing to do with it no more.So those type of-- any time you can get a gun off the streetis fantastic.But it's based off of those relationships

    • 20:08

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: that the Problem Solving officers,not just have with people who live within the community--your residents, your cler-- I'm talking about with people whoare involved in gang activity.So that type of-- establishing that type of relationshipis critical to what we're trying to do.I mean, it's not only getting a gun off the street,but it's getting somebody who has been an offender

    • 20:30

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: to think twice about offending again,and to try to get them in the right trackand get them to be a productive member of society.Baker park what's going on with that?

    • 20:41

      SPEAKER 6: I've been stopping by there justabout every day around the time the kids are thereplaying basketball.I've seen plenty of people in this office there also.Myself and Officer Brown went yesterday.Probably three or four kids playing basketball.They're all kids that we're getting complaints on.And probably three or four girls watching them play basketball.

    • 21:05

      SPEAKER 6 [continued]: They're using half the court.They let others play when they showed up to play basketball.I haven't seen any of the issues that I'mgetting the complaints on.A few days before that, it was really hot out.So I dropped off Gatorade.They were pretty receptive to that, polite.Asked them to pick up the trash.Every time I've gone by there, trash has been picked up.

    • 21:25

      SPEAKER 6 [continued]: So I really honestly think just us walking in the parkand talking to them and touching base is helping.And I haven't gotten any more complaints.

    • 21:35

      BRIAN HENRY: OK.That's what I was going to ask, because Ithink with the attention that we've paid to it,I think that there are less complaints.And how many different complaintswere we getting, having issues with?Was it just one person?Was it a handful of people?

    • 21:51

      SPEAKER 6: I'd say two to three.But one was a married couple.

    • 21:56

      BRIAN HENRY: All right.Well let's just keep doing what we're doing then.Just keep paying attention to it.And hopefully, that'll do the trick.I would say the most important thingis if you want to be the police, be the policefor the right reason.It's not about power or nothing like that.It's about helping people.

    • 22:17

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: I took this job because I want to help people.And I think as long as anyone has that interest--helping, serving the community, they should be the police.They're going to be a great police officer.And I don't know how much the other plays into it.I hope not at all anymore.

    • 22:38

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: But I would say if that's your dream, follow your dreams.In the current time, it's imperative to havea community policing approach, a collaborative approachwith the community because, as police officers,we're part of the community.So it's imperative to have that type approach.If your approach is only responsive and making traffic

    • 23:01

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: stops, things of that nature, the way-- the interactionsthe public has with the police often is negative.Nobody wants to be stopped.Nobody wants to get a ticket.So if you have the approach where you're collaborative,you're working with them, you're out in the community,it's positive interactions, whichare going to go a long way with you for your police department.

    • 23:22

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: And I think it's important to stress communication skills.Officers need to be good communicators.They need to be good listeners.And I think that-- I often get concerned because so muchof what people do nowadays are on these phone, these devices,that-- or you're just texting.

    • 23:42

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: There's not much communication, notperson-to-person communication.I see my kids do it all the time.And I often think to myself, this ain't good.These kids need to learn how to listen to peopleand to communicate with people, notusing little symbols and emojis and things like that.So I think it's important as a societythat we make sure we push communication with our kids

    • 24:03

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: because if they aren't good communicators, what'sthat next line of officers going to be like?You have to know how to listen.You have to know how to communicate.I'm a firm believer in email.I wouldn't be able to keep in contact with as many peopleas I do if it weren't for email, because youget an email from somebody, I respond right away.

    • 24:23

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: It's done.You know, talking on the phone, this and that,that's great too.But I still think the most important piece of equipmentthat we have is our pen.Writing things down, taking notes.I mean, it really is-- you talk about proactive policingand traditional policing.Still, I think one of the most important pieces of equipment

    • 24:46

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: we have is a pen.This-- I think it's second week of August,Elks Park is going to get a soccerenclosure, a temporary thing.There's a bunch of kids that are playing soccerat Clyde Brummel Park.And it really isn't big enough to facilitate soccer games,torn up the grass.

    • 25:07

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: Parks Department is planning on either sodding it or puttingseed down.So I think their plan is to get this--I know talking to the alderman-- she'smade some headway with the Parks Department.And they are planning on doing it.

    • 25:24

      SPEAKER 3: Resodding?

    • 25:25

      BRIAN HENRY: I don't know if it'll be resodded.I think they agreed on seeding, I think.But nonetheless, once that facility's up,we got to try to encourage the kids to go use the facility.I don't think it's going to be a problem.It's only two blocks from Clyde Brummel.

    • 25:39

      SPEAKER 3: They don't want to go over there.

    • 25:41

      BRIAN HENRY: Well, they can't play.

    • 25:42

      SPEAKER 3: I talked to them yesterday.

    • 25:43

      BRIAN HENRY: Once that seed goes down, they can't play.

    • 25:45

      SPEAKER 3: Well when I was over there yesterday,they weren't actually playing in the areawhere they're complaining about the grass being--they're playing in the cement areawhere the toys or whatever, where those are located.But when I asked them about it-- Imean, I've asked them several times,like, why don't you guys want to play at Elks Park?

    • 26:06

      SPEAKER 3 [continued]: There's no other kids there.It's just them.So in their small little group, because it's onlyabout maybe three or four of them that are playing at ClydeBrummel, so when they go to a bigger park,they're looking for other kids to play with.There are no other kids around at Elks Park.Now, what the one kid told me is that sometimes they goto Pottawattamie in the city.

    • 26:28

      SPEAKER 3 [continued]: But aside from that, they don't like Elks Park.So I don't know if having this enclosureis going to attract more kids or not.But there is not even a lot of kids over there.So well I mean I'm not trying to knock it.

    • 26:44

      BRIAN HENRY: Brummel Park-- I meanI just think that once that facility goes in,we need to gauge if kids are going over there and using it,encourage them to-- and hopefully wecan pull more than just those three or four kids.We can get other kids from the areaover there playing as well.Just, I mean, it's a temporary fix.

    • 27:05

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: But just so they can get going on whatthey need to get going over there at Clyde Brummel.I've mentioned a lot about working with the communityand working with neighbors.But I think an important thing that I probablyhave bypassed a little bit is working with business owners.Working with the clergy is fantastic.You really-- to sit and work with different religious

    • 27:26

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: organizations and meet with them--they're great opportunities for us to explain what we do.To be part-- I mean, there are so many peoplethat you can reach through churches and synagoguesand mosques that you really, you wouldn't be able to reach,you wouldn't have any conversation with otherwise.It's just a great venue for officers to get in, establish

    • 27:48

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: relationships, create bonds.So I think between religious establishment and businessesbecause often businesses, again, is another thing.If this were a crime prevention standpoint a lot of what we dois crime prevention.And different things that they can do as business ownersto help protect themselves, help make their business

    • 28:09

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: more secure.I think that's really important stuff.And also with the community at large--when you're out at these neighborhood meetingstelling people often hear you hear about peoplewhose vehicles get burglarized.Well why do they get burglarized?They're not locking their doors.They're leaving their cell phone on their front seat.

    • 28:29

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: You know those type of things, just reminding people.We're all busy.We all have a lot going on in life.And is just thinking of those little thingssometimes and having an officer remind you,it's going to stick with you.And hopefully you won't become that victim.I think collaboration's fantastic.You have to have it.I mean especially you look at neighborhoods.Often you see neighbors who don't

    • 28:51

      BRIAN HENRY [continued]: know who their neighbor is they mightsee him take the garbage out or something like that.But they don't know their name.They don't know-- they know nothing about them.And I think just as a society, the more weget to know about one another, the more interactions wehave with one another, the better and the stronger it'sgoing to make us as a people.

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Brian Henry discusses collaborative policing and the role of a community police officer. Community policing is about engaging the community and building relationships. Henry discusses the importance of police relations in communities and the personality traits needed to be a community police officer.

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Collaborative Police Work

Brian Henry discusses collaborative policing and the role of a community police officer. Community policing is about engaging the community and building relationships. Henry discusses the importance of police relations in communities and the personality traits needed to be a community police officer.

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