to the Editor
input from LACP.org forum participants
concept of “Community Government" is correct
The concept of “Community Government” that Parks espoused is correct,
and should be implemented. It is correct that all City Agencies should
be willingly responsive to the needs and desires of the citizens.
It is also correct that ALL officers should become acquainted with
the citizens in their areas, to promote greater trust and mutual respect,
as well as to facilitate criminal investigations and crime reduction.
Before WWII, such friendliness between cop and citizen was commonplace.
As a kid here in L.A. I knew the local patrol officers by name, and
they knew me and my friends. We weren’t afraid of them, they were
nice guys. But they helped keep us on the “straight and narrow,” coming
down hard on any of us that foolishly stepped out of line.
Our City needs to return to that level of rapport between officer
and citizen. It will only happen when the officers stop and say hello
to folks they pass on patrol. And it will only happen when command
officers so direct their personnel.
Only when that occurs will Community Policing become anything more
than the myth it has been.
Harbor C-PAB member