Police Chief Perspectives: Community Policing

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    • 00:00

      [What is one example of community policingby your department?]

    • 00:08

      JERI WILLIAMS: So I can share with youa lot of examples about community policing,and to me, community policing isn't this idea or notion.It's actually what you do every day workingwith your community in tandem with the community solvingproblems of your community.I was just told about a way that social media is reaching outto our community members when we have someone committing

    • 00:30

      JERI WILLIAMS [continued]: auto thefts, auto burglaries, and things like that.People are actually out there taking picturesof the suspects, sending that information in to us,and our investigators are acting on that information.Another great example, and I know you just said one.I'm going to give you a couple of them anyway.We have a great program that's called National Night Out,and that's where different communities

    • 00:52

      JERI WILLIAMS [continued]: want to engage and get to know one another first.And then number two, we empower themand educate them on programs, issues, identity theft.You name it, we educate these folks for one night,and it's usually in August here in California.We've seen that go from mom and pop houses to big events

    • 01:14

      JERI WILLIAMS [continued]: at Target, where we have every city entity,every store engaged.So when you have a community who's aware of the relationshipthat it has with its law enforcementservice, when you have a police department who understandsthe different needs at each of your different communities,that's where I feel that we are running in tandem.

    • 01:35

      JERI WILLIAMS [continued]: We're running a marathon, and we're handin hand with our community right now whenit comes to solving crime issues and crime problems,because they believe us enough to tell us information,and they believe that we're going to act on the informationand that we're not just going to use a zero tolerance.Zero tolerance kills community-based policing.Zero tolerance means that I'm going to stop

    • 01:56

      JERI WILLIAMS [continued]: every person in his community.I don't care who you are.That's the antithesis of community policing.I'm going to stop and be selective about whoI stop based on the information that I'vegotten from residents, based on informationI've gotten in the investigation to make surethat the person that I'm stoppingis the right person to stop, not just the all-inclusive.So that would be a couple of examples of our community,

    • 02:18

      JERI WILLIAMS [continued]: basically saying, and we have so many more that are in my head.But I know that we don't have enough time to share,but it's that partnership walking in lockstepwith your community, and it does mean adjusting to some degreethe degree of services that you give to communities basedon what they want and what they requested from this lawenforcement practice.

Police Chief Perspectives: Community Policing

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Chief of Police Jeri Williams gives her perspective on community policing. She describes positive outcomes she has seen from programs that involve the community and law enforcement.

Police Chief Perspectives: Community Policing

Chief of Police Jeri Williams gives her perspective on community policing. She describes positive outcomes she has seen from programs that involve the community and law enforcement.

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