Community Policing

COMMUNITY POLICING

Move to make

With our Youth in Mind

21 st Century Approach

Debbie Ramsey Community Policing with Our Youth in Mind ©2018

Presenter

• City of Baltimore Mayor’s Citation Contributions to the civic welfare of the citizens of Baltimore, MD with appreciation of gratitude for splendid quality of public service. • Open Society Institute Fellow Baltimore Community • Someone who cares!

Debbie Ramsey Executive Director – Unified Efforts, Inc. Youth Violence Prevention Program Former Baltimore Police Department Detective Criminal Investigations Division: Drug Enforcement Section – Federal Task Force Member Internal Investigations Division Community Policing Uniform Patrol:

Southwestern Northwestern Eastern Central District Private Investigator

Community Policing is a known strategy that focuses on direct engagement between the public community and the law enforcement community. There you have it! We are talking about two unique communities with a common interest between them – achieving peaceable solutions. Each having a vested interest in their solving problems – together. From its conception, policing, can best be described as complicated. In the United States policing was described in the 19 th century as being developed by the ruling class to control rioting populations in the north, and in the south to control humans seeking freedom from southern land owners that denied citizens their freedom by way of “patrolling”. In each instance it is the “outside” space by which policing was effected and carried out by targeting groups of people. Policing the Community Without getting too far ahead of ourselves, we will first take a look at policing from an historical perspective. The history of policing is just as interesting as the men and women in uniform today. A plethora of historians have already provided an enormous amount of detailed information.

To our youth - there is a difference!

Debbie Ramsey Community Policing with Our Youth in Mind ©2018

Relatability Matters • How do we leap from “patrolling-controlling” to community policing with our youth in mind?

 Commonalities are shared amongst police, youth and community. Seek them out and put in your toolbox. Make sure officers can and “want” to relate to its youth and community. Youth asks Police Officers:  “Why are you a police officer in the first place?”  “Why are you a police officer in my community?”  “How do you deal with your personal bias ?” We all have them.  “What positive societal contributions do you know about me and my community?” • Youth does not operate in a vacuum. Considerations and appreciations for their families and communities must be addressed and recognized: They are watching how police treat their loved ones.

Debbie Ramsey Community Policing with Our Youth in Mind ©2018

What is not working amongst police, youth, and community? What is working well amongst police, youth, and community?

Youth Engagement Activities 1

Community and Family Engagements 2

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Resource & Information 4

Same Generation 5

Possible Career Path 6

Sport Activities

FEAR

= PANIC

• Noun an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

Action Plan: Be curious enough to discover how much we all have in common

• Verb be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening.

Debbie Ramsey Community Policing with Our Youth in Mind ©2018

At your fingertips

P olice Officers taking individual responsibilities to learn more about their cities, residents, etc., may provide some insight into perceptions communities and its youth may have towards them. I n like fashion when communities and its youth take the initiative to learn more about police officers it may provide some insight into perceptions, fears police officers may have towards them. No one No community No entity wants to be painted with a broad negative brush. How can police officers improve this relationship? How can our youth improve this relationship? T here are existing generational strains, especially between the black community and its law enforcement community.

Information and power

Do your homework. Replacing fear with knowledge may help.

• What youth centers, schools, are in the area? In what capacity these facilities are frequented by the police? “Downtime” and “in between calls for service” officers can check on the safety/welfare of these sites while on duty out of concern and courtesy. Prevention cannot be measured. • Is there a genuine concern, from our youth, that if seen with the police, in social settings, their peers may identify them as “informers”? Yes! Review the above plan of action as a first step in renewing trust between both populations • What comes first? Renewed trust from the police or should our youth take the first step? Cooperation, between the both, is necessary in order to achieve long-term success. Realistically, renewed trust will take committed time investments on both sides. • BPD uniformed members time is limited to 911 calls for service. How can their time include calls for service and time to interact “one on one” with the community and its youth with sincerity? Exclusively delegated to Neighborhood/Community Service Officers? A cooperative, in-depth, strategic plan of action will need to be agreed upon, by both populations, with consistency void of deviations. Regardless of changes of BPD Command Staff/Police Commissioners.

Familiarity breeds safety!

Debbie Ramsey Community Policing with Our Youth in Mind ©2018

YOUTH AND THEIR LAW ENFORCEMTNT COMMUNITY • The current average age, of Baltimore City’s Police Officers, is estimated about – 25.7 years of age. • Baltimore’s youth and its peace officers have a lot in common!

More attached to the future than to the past!

Pop culture Technology Clothing Socialization Shared Historical Events Social Media Games & Music

ACTION PLAN FOR CONSIDERATION

Community IQ Test (Part of Application Process)

= Happier Community “Officer Safety”

Name Change: “Peace” Officers?

Youth Board for Interviewing Applicants

District Assignments Re-Evaluated

Police Museum Youth Friendly (Inviting)

Residents of City?

THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE

MORE FOOT PATROL

HIRE MORE OFFICERS FROM THE COMMUNITY TODAY’S YOUTH WILL BE TOMORROW’S OFFICERS: ENGAGE THEM NOW!

PEACEABLE RESOLUTIONS

COOPERATION IS KEY

TRUST

Debbie Ramsey Community Policing with Our Youth in Mind ©2018

FUTURE

OUNG PEOPLE AT THE TABLE

Their future starts with us

“Peace Officers - Peace Commissioners” Community Made

Q & A

• YOUTH ASSESSMENTS • YOUTH FEEDBACK • YOUTH IDEAS AND SOLUTIONS • YOUTH FOLLOW UPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Thank you for your visit!

CONCLUSION

We are worth it!

Debbie Ramsey Community Policing with our Youth in Mind©2018

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