At the Rockwall County Sheriff's Office it means the following:
Renewed Emphasis on Crime Prevention: Law enforcement is looking to enhance it's tough stance on crime with a renowned focus on strategies that help prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. This requires an intimate knowledge of the community.
Partnership: Effective community policing has a positive impact on reducing neighborhood crime, helping to reduce fear of crimes and enhancing the quality of life in the community. It accomplishes these things by combining the efforts and resources of the police, local government and the community members.
Problem Solving: This process identifies the specific concerns that community members feel are most threatening to their safety and well being. These areas of concern then become priorities for the joint police community interventions.
An idea for the Times: Community Policing is a collaborative effort between the police and the community that identifies problems of crime and disorder and involves all elements of the community in the search for solutions to these problems. It is founded on close, mutually beneficial ties between police and community members.