Police play a vital role in protecting communities and holding accountable those who have committed violent and property offenses. At the heart of this are the acts of protecting and serving the individuals that make up those communities.
This paper looks at how police officers interact, protect and serve the communities within which they work today. The history of policing and the way police officers are prepared to interact with the public are important. Servant leadership combined with community policing has the potential to create a positive impact that will have a ripple effect.
Using the example of a police precinct in central New Jersey where the Servant Leadership Model has succeeded, the author argues that combining this model with the most effective parts of community policing is the best way for police to not only improve community and media relations, but perhaps more importantly, engage in sustainable reform, peacebuilding, and reconciliation with the communities that have most negatively been impacted in the past.
**Note: A lieutenant of 25 years from the aforementioned central New Jersey precinct was interviewed during the writing of this paper but declined to have his name published because he does not have media clearance.
"To Protect and To Serve: Community Policing and Servant Leadership Through the Lens of a Lieutenant of 25 Years in a NJ Police Precinct,"
Journal of Vincentian Social Action: Vol. 7:
1, Article 12.
Available at: https://scholar.stjohns.edu/jovsa/vol7/iss1/12
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