The Neighborhood Watch program opens the lines of communication between neighbors, residents, and the police department.
Good communication includes tips, tools, and information, as well as crime reporting. It enables the neighborhood to be the eyes and ears of the police department, plan coordinated action, and have resources from which to draw on in times of trouble.
Focusing on direct communication between police officers and residents gives officers a sense of support from the community, and gives residents the sense that police officers are not just faceless uniforms, but human beings who care about the communities they work in. Good communication increases understanding from both perspectives.
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