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: Policing has profound impacts on the communities to which it belongs. Discuss the positive and negative impacts of policing in your community. Provide specific examples to support your discussion.
In my area, it is well-known that the police are overly aggressive. Some of these officers have even made the news for police brutality. This is a bad thing, because it makes people in the area not trust any police officers. Aside from these “bad apples,” I think that the police in my area actually do a good job, and set a good example for the community. If police are known to be strict (not to say violent), then potential criminals might be more hesitant to commit a crime, because they know they will get a harsher penalty than just a “slap on the wrist.” They have begun a lot of community programs for men, women, and children, that raise community awareness, involvement, and overall safety. They want to make people aware of the gangs and drugs in their community curtail their activities, or block off streets from traffic so that the community can hold events. The police officers occasionally donate their time to events, and when something happens the Police Chief answers questions, runs a meet-and-greet, and meets the members of the local department. The police department, and the fire department, will often work as the cooks at a community cook-out even t. Non-profit events often get security help for free. The fire department is usually happy to attend along with the “Safe House.” This is a small house set onto wheels, which they use to raise fire-safety awareness, since many people do not think about needing a fire-escape plan. They fill the house with smoke and take kids and adults though it, so that they have an idea of how do deal with a fire in a house. This house does not have any flames in it, but there is smoke, and most deaths in a fire are due to smoke inhalation. They bring toy fire hats and trucks for kids to play with, or they teach them things about the fire department using the actual full-sized fire truck. These are just a few of the extra services that these organizations do for the community.