DevelopingBetter Interactions and Public Trust with the Community
DevelopingBetter Interactions and Public Trust with the Community
Undeniably,there have been several unfortunate incidents between communities andlaw enforcement agencies leading to a misplaced loss of trust by thepublic. While rebuilding trust can be hard, it is not impossible, andall citizens should join hands towards adopting measures that improvetheir relationships with the communities in which they serve.According to Cunningham(2004),bridging the gap by reaching out the minority is a key part ofensuring community trust and interactions. Indeed, such measures ascommunity outreach programs, specialized training and by recognizingthe importance of internal affairs and interdepartmentalaccountability remain indispensable in bolstering the trust andcommunication within the communities. Essentially, the paper focus onthe current innovations, programs, philosophies, or ideas put inpractice in America to enhance better interactions and public trustwith the community.
Firstly,the American federal government engages in various efforts tostrengthen community action aimed at enhancing the communitycohesiveness and improvement of the public trust. The first measureinvolves the creation of the public awareness on fostering andencouraging grassroots planning and action (CommunityInteractions Inc., 2015).Indeed, when people identify and address issues affecting them, theycan be able to solve them successfully, and they can learn to usetheir resources to take charge of their lives and their communities.Further, the government engages in strengthening public supportthrough media and other communication platforms, and includingaffiliates of all segments of the community in planning, conception,and implementing various community initiatives. In this way, thedecisions makers and the media ensure a free and accurate flow of theessential information to the public on the anticipated communityinitiatives therefore, offering them learning opportunities ondiverse community issues and the quality of life in general.Importantly, by providing education and information to the minorityin their homes, places of work, and community settings enables themto gain skills necessary to address community issues and thusenhancing community interactions and public trust.
Importantly,the America government presently encourage the form of education thatfocus on civic engagement programs. Currently, the practicedcollaborative system of education, especially in college anduniversity, encourage continuous interactions among students fromdifferent cultural diversity. As a result, a relationship of trustthat is essential for effective partnerships and learning developsthus helping in solving the day-to-day community problems and issuesof mutual concern. The local community is a democratic real-worldlearning site in which the community members and academics canpragmatically determine whether the prevailing community system ismaking a real difference and whether both the neighborhood and thehigher education institutions are better because of common efforts.Indeed, the strong focus of education system on local engagement isan extraordinary promising strategy for realizing the institutionalpurpose and most importantly playing a significant role in promotingcommunity interactions. Lastly, Brewsterand Railsback (2015)argue that the ongoing engagement between the community, universitiesand colleges helps to overcome the burden of tradition that used toimpede community interactions.
Additionally,across the America, many local police departments are renewing theirefforts to change the way they interact with communities in order tostrengthen the community policing. Presently, the community policinginvolves forming partnerships with community organizations, activelypursuing feedback, prioritizing transparency, and institutingprograms that permit the police to engage with the citizens outsideof the law enforcement arena (Ford,2015).In this way, the practice allows community members to feel respected,heard, and empowered thus helping the police to control the crimeeasily in their neighborhoods rather than officers solely enforcinglaws through aggressive questioning, stopping, arresting, andincarcerating. For instance, in early this year, the Camden CountyPolice Department adopted a community policing initiative thatincorporated “the my Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge” andwas distinctly designated as a “Promise Zone” representing theend of five years of collaborative efforts that aimed at upliftingthe quality of life for the Camden children, families, and youths(Ford,2015).As a result, the county has significantly made tremendous steps inenhancing the police and public interactions. In fact, the programhas been vital in enabling the police to gain the trust of theresidents.
Equally,the federal government, as well as various states governments,largely focuses on the interpersonal skills that are imperativetowards improving community trust and interactions. Previously,experts as well as the members of the public believed thatindividuals are born with the interpersonal skills. However, thispresumption seems fictitious since learning and mastering theseskills appear to be the most effective practice compared to thegenetic perception. Unfortunately, the technology advancementsupersedes human verbal interactions leading to erosion in people’scapacity to interact efficiently in the face-to-face exchanges in allaspects of life. In this regard, Heckscher(2015) suggests that only when people build a shared and strong unityand privilege within themselves that they can be able to build ahealthy and authentic community. The efforts to improve interpersonalskills serve as a pivotal tool in building such a health andauthentic community.
Itis evident that adopting various policies, programs, and ideas remaininevitable in enhancing community interactions and trust in America.Without strong partnerships and mutual trust, the community may nothave the benefits of all relevant information about its potentialthreats towards interactions. Engaging the community constructivelyto address the problems of crime and disorder that threaten thequality of life relies on the development of social relationships.These relationships are underpinned by the understanding of divergentcultures, respecting individuals, and their perspectives as well aslistening to the community priorities and norms. Therefore, everyindividual has a key role to play in developing better interactionsand public trust with the community.
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