Build cooperation and trust through community policing

In many Commonwealth countries, especially in East Africa and South Asia, police practices often rely policing based on militaristic lines concerned with maintaining law and order. Traditionally this has required the police to remain isolated from the public they serve. owever, this thinking is changing and there is a realisation that successful policing is based on trust and on close communication with the community.

Community engagement requires that community and police have a common language to communicate. Legal education and empowerment strategies, particularly targeting vulnerable communities, provide citizens the information and tools necessary to pursue peaceful resolution of disputes and grievances. In addition, these strategies have tremendous potential to shape public perception of law enforcement, improve quality of police services, and bolster levels of citizen participation in policing. These two strategies have been particularly successful in breaking down the distance between the police and the community.

Drawing on extensive fieldwork, advocacy, training and partnerships with stakeholders especially in South Asia and East Africa, the proposed panel will look how at best practices as well as critical challenges in this field and how the processes of change can be made sustainable, given the hurdles which exist.

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