21st Century Policing: A 6-part Blog Series
In 2014, the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing was established. The task force, comprised of law enforcement representatives, community leaders, notable scholars and young adults, studied, in part, how to strengthen public trust and foster strong relationships between local law enforcement and the communities that they protect, while also promoting effective crime reduction.
The task force, after several months of engaging key stakeholders in the process, identified over fifty recommendations and action items that fit into six specific pillars. By working towards implementing the recommendations within the pillars, law enforcement agencies across the country will bring long-term improvements to the ways in which law enforcement agencies interact with and bring positive change to their communities.
The six pillars, and chapters of this blog series, are:
1. Building Trust and Legitimacy
2. Policy and Oversight
3. Technology and Social Media
4. Community Policing and Crime Reduction
5. Training and Education
6. Officer Wellness and Safety
In 2016, an evidence-based summary of the task force's recommendations was published, which is a blueprint for law enforcement agencies to put the recommendations into action. The document can be viewed in its entirety here: Evidence-Based Assessment
NC4 is committed to supplying law enforcement officers with technology to support mission demands for reducing crime and maintaining community trust. NC4 Street Smart® can assist law enforcement agencies with achieving the goals the task force established. By providing officers, detectives and analysts with true, real-time, actionable intelligence while on patrol, they are able to solve crimes faster and share relevant information quickly across all levels of the organization. In the upcoming blog series, this increased information flow and communication that Street Smart provides will be illustrated in relation to each of the pillars.
The author of this blog series, Mary O'Connor, is a recently retired Assistant Chief from the Tampa Police Department (TPD). She spent 20 years with the TPD working her way through the ranks and has experience in most areas of the department including Patrol Commander, Detective Commander, Field Training Officer, Narcotics Officer, Economic Crimes Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Major, and Deputy Chief. She also serves as a special advisor to the board of NAWLEE (National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives). Mary was instrumental in the end-user design of Street Smart and is the subject matter expert on the solution.
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