Community policing strategies for investigations refers to systematically engaging in community partnerships and employing those partnerships to aid in solving crimes as well as preventing future criminality. While the overarching goal of community policing is preventive—to address and respond to conditions that give rise to criminal activity— community policing strategies for investigations use partnerships and problem-solving techniques that are both reactive (to respond to past crimes) and proactive (to prevent future crimes).

Detectives are encouraged to be generalists, rather than specialists, and to look for patterns of criminal activity. Chains of command may be adjusted to create better communication among patrol, investigative and administrative officers assigned to an area. Detectives will formally partner with patrol officers, community agencies, and civilians in the area they serve. Finally, ...

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