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Police, Community Services Seek Positive Change

Written by  ROGER L. KEMP

Public services being provided by police departments to citizens in our nation’s cities are changing rapidly. This is due to the changing ethnic composition of our society, the national enhancement of police services, the greater use of new technologies by our police departments, and the increasing diversity of police departments. These are taking place to reflect the citizens being served. Some of these evolving best practices are described below. Depending upon the nature of these service changes, the funds needed to implement them, and the staffing required to do so, many of these changes can be implemented directly by the chief of police, while other changing services might require approval of the city manager and possibly the city’s elected officials, especially if additional funding is required. The evolving best practices of police departments in America are highlighted below.Increasing public outreach to citizens by police officers is rapidly taking place via social