Many local law enforcement agencies operate citizen police academies for the public to learn about police procedures; such academies have become a popular approach to developing police-community relationships. Citizen police academies are condensed versions of regular law enforcement academies and exemplify the philosophy of community policing. Community policing is premised upon two related theories. The first theory is problem-oriented policing, which maintains that police should address the root causes of problems and spend time solving the problems. The second theory is community-oriented policing. This theory provides that police cannot be successful without the cooperation of their citizens and that the police should form partnerships with citizens in order to address crime and community problems. Citizen police academies are intended to build partnerships between the ...

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