Effective partnerships between law enforcement and community stakeholders are essential to public safety, and it is important that government agencies, community groups, nonprofits, businesses, and private citizens all embrace public safety as a shared responsibility. Law enforcement and community members must develop positive working relationships in order to build enduring solutions and increase trust between the police and the public.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office recently hosted four Police-Community Partnership trainings around the District. Classes were offered in Tampa, Jacksonville, Fort Myers, and Orlando. Presented by instructors from St. Petersburg College’s Center for Public Safety Innovation, these Police-Community Partnership classes provided innovative and creative resources to help law enforcement engage community leaders, build lasting partnerships, and improve the health of our communities. The classes focused on the critical skills necessary to work with community service providers, business owners, and, most importantly, the residents of the community. Officers learned ways to nurture and maintain relationships and improve the quality of life in their respective communities. The goal of this course is to help law enforcement officers build and maintain meaningful cooperative partnerships to better address and solve community problems.