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by Nick Ashton, Founder, CEO Tracometry
It is past the time of of acceptance, our society is collapsing around us and we are more interested in entertainment, sports and missed focused gun control. Start thinking how we are all going to pay the piper and claw our way back to a societal plateau of success.
This is one of the building blocks of the needs and requirements to succeed as a city for the promises made to the citizens.
The Pied Piper Volunteers in Policing
Never in the history of policing, parking and code enforcement or building inspection, has there been such a need for volunteers. Cities and counties are in dire financial situations and need the help of their citizenry like never before. There is a plethora of hands held high that want to assist and play a part in these important areas.
Revenue is the key to keeping cities and counties afloat making sure income is derived for normal licensing. Infractions and non selective enforcement requires full time officers included in the budget. Now include volunteer’s assistance!
When Sir Robert Peel envisioned a police force back in1829, when he created the Metropolitan Police, he laid out 9 principles:
1. The basic mission for whom the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.
2. The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions.
3. Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.
4. The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately, to the necessity of the use of physical force.
5. Police seek and preserve public favor, not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.
6. Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order, only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient.
7. Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
8. Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.
9. The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.
Money, or lack of it, is the sad fact for a void in serving the general public and the laws on the books that demand the service is provided. All in all, we need the help and assistance of those who wish to be involved for the right reasons, the volunteers. This is a fact and will make a radical difference in how your city and county can achieve its targets and citizenry aspirations.
It is working together in a simplistic manner, utilizing usable technology that can be operated by anyone and be a success.
Dedication to service is the key with the proviso of excellent certified training. These courses place the individual’s knowledge and, importantly, abilities at their peak performance. The reason for the certification is simple; we must empower them with the tools and attributes to complete the job at a level that will not be compromised in a court of law.
Just like laws and investigations, the pen has been in use for the last 6,000 years. Computers in the hands of the general public have only been in use since 1975, a vast difference in experienced use. Everyone can use a pen and the certified training is minutes, rather than weeks and months.
CommSmart US has vast inner experience in developing and implementing the policing of our streets, city and county infrastructures and non-selective enforcement with the issuance of such citations and completion of focused reports.
Let us look at how volunteers and community policing can and will affect our economic societal front lines.
Ten years ago, the Volunteers in Police Service Program was established by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in partnership with, and on behalf of, the White House Office of the USA Freedom Corps and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers.
The streets have changed since that date and inception. The economy is at an all time low and costs have risen beyond all of our beliefs. It is time to make a radical and sensible change and ask for the assistance of those who wish to serve. There is a core, worldwide that has that inner feeling to continue assisting their communities and imparting their prior trainings and passions to make their community safer at a society price we can all afford.
Community Policing dates back to Roman times and, when Britain was invaded, the British were governed by the Legions and they maintained law and order. When all this collapsed, Germanic Tribes, known as Anglo Saxons, took over and had their own unwritten laws, unlike the Romans who had written laws and a legislative body.
The Anglo Saxons developed a peace keeping system for England. The concept of the King’s peace evolved, whereby the King assures the people a state of security and peace, in return for their allegiance to him. This continues today in one form or another. We have a mutual pledge to each other to maintain a semblance of law and order.
When law and order was passed from the King to the Shires of England, it was the Reeve who dished out the law. Today, that is still the case, it is the Shire-Reeve or Sheriff, that is the man or woman who leaders the implementation, of the laws passed to do with civil or criminal enforcement.
England has one of the most comprehensive usages of community and support police officers, they are involved in traffic and transportation, and follow up on the paperwork aspect of dealing with criminal and civil situations. These are paid positions. Volunteers exist in the form of Special Constables, which is a total volunteer section of British law enforcement.
Time is telling us we need help and we must listen for a change. Enforcing the law regarding parking and code enforcement, filling out police reports on what some see as mundane events and everyday simple repetitive reporting, can be achieved by Volunteers in Policing local force. Using those who wish to serve productively will be an asset to the community and must be used.
CommSmart US understands these needs and have developed Digital Capture principles and have created a certified training which uses a simple Smart Mobile Phones and Tablets. Crime analytics, tracking, next event predictability and the means to afford these services to be a success .
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