P1 First Person: The 'we' model of community policing
By Lt. Tom Wetzel
The current debate over collective bargaining and public servants which is taking place in a number of states — and may soon affect more — could cause a strain on community relations for police officers. This is an important opportunity for police leadership to find ways to ensure that the trust that has developed with officers and their communities is maintained despite any corrosive rhetoric that this debate generates which may cause officers to feel a sense of betrayal and loss of confidence with the public they serve.
That trust is vital to the symbiotic relationships that officers must have with their communities to keep neighborhoods safe and prevent crime.