Policing has changed over the last couple of decades and so has the type of officer police agencies are looking for to fill their ranks.
Gone are the days when the focus relied heavily on physical attributes, such as height, weight and brute strength. Over time, these attributes that previously were thought to have made a good police officer have shifted.
Don’t get us wrong¦the job still requires a great level of physical fitness; however, whats more important is good ethical character, and excellent interpersonal, problem solving and conflict-resolution skills.
This shift or change has been because of a new, proactive style of policing called Community Policing that is now used across North America.
Community Policing by definition is œa philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime. Essentially, it is about establishing relationships in the community (business owners, residents, community league members, etc.) and collaborating with those partners in order to proactively police and problem solve to reduce and prevent crime.