Community policing is a law enforcement strategy that emphasizes building relationships with community members to prevent crime and solve community problems. It is based on the premise that community members are the best experts on the problems in their neighborhoods and that law enforcement should partner with them to develop solutions.
Community policing is often credited with reducing crime and improving community relations. It has been shown to improve communication between police and community members, increase public trust in the police, and reduce fear of crime.
Critics of community policing argue that it is a Band-Aid solution that does not address the root causes of crime. They also argue that it can lead to police corruption and abuse of power.