By: Douglas Demangone

Territory Director, CRIMEWATCH TECHNOLOGIES

In the Police Executive Research Forum’s Study in 2009, “The Stop Snitching Phenomenon: Breaking the Code of Silence.” They concluded that the phenomenon is not new, but rather had evolved from criminals “ratting out” other criminals to any cooperation with the police is considered snitching regardless of whether you are directly or indirectly involved in an incident or investigation. Success in combating this issue was directly related to “building trust in the neighborhoods, creating partnerships with other criminal justice and social service agencies, and establishing strong relationships with community groups”. They noted that such efforts produce the confidence that a crime victim or witness needs to come forward.

In 2015, the Final Report of The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing was released that identified the best practices and offered recommendations or 6 Pillars on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust. Embracing the “Guardian mentality” builds trust and legitimacy. Being transparent and sharing information with the public you have sworn to protect promotes positive engagement with them. Utilizing technology and Social media enhances your overall reach within the community and beyond. Embrace new technology to give your department an opportunity to “Fully engage and educate communities in a dialog about their expectations, transparency, accountability and privacy.” Adopting technology that will improve the agency’s effectiveness and efficiency.

Then in November 2018, the “Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide” was released by the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. They identified 8 Critical Elements in the guide. They then provided outlined actions and activities that have proven to be successful crime fighting strategies throughout the country and could be adopted by any agency. These Critical Elements included: Community Engagement, Partnerships, Technology, Analytics and Intelligence, and Accountability.

All three reports/studies share similar frameworks, in that Community Engagement and the sharing of public safety information between law enforcement and their communities is essential in maintaining a symbiotic relationship. Reinforcing that relationship by sharing timely public safety information with the media and the public benefits the community in preventing and solving crime. CRIMEWATCH is the only public engagement platform that was designed specifically for law enforcement to build that positive relationship efficiently, effectively and affordably. The problem facing public safety agencies today as they relate to the internet, social media and the prolific use of smartphones by citizens, are not the same problems we faced ten years ago. Therefore, a new approach to public engagement needs to be taken. The challenge is that already stretched department resources can’t accommodate the level of attention required to manage this new level of information sharing and engagement. This is why police departments are joining and leveraging the power of CRIMEWATCH. The outdated communications practices of sharing only when it is important, the idea that you need a complete “social media team”, or that your department just doesn’t have anything interesting to share is totally refuted by the efficacy of our technology platform. 

CRIMEWATCH is changing the public safety space and can effectively and affordably help everyone from major cities, state police to the smallest of municipal departments. 

CRIMEWATCH is the secret key to taking public safety to the next level

Sources:

Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, retrieved November 13, 2018 from http://www.policeforum.org/assets/docs/Free_Online_Documents/Crime/the%20 stop%20snitching%20phenomenon%20-%20breaking%20the%20code%20of%20 silence%202009.pdf.

President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. 2015. Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services., retrieved November 13, 2018 from https://ric-zai-inc.com/Publications/cops-p311-pub.pdf ·       

 Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. 2018. Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide. Retrieved November 13, 2018 from https://www.bja.gov/Publications/violent-crime-reduction-operations-guide.pdf