Community protection officer
Security is of major concern to every community world over. Therefore, those mandated with ensuring that there is safety for each and every member of the society together with their property, must perform their duties and obligations in such a manner that will yield optimum results to be enjoyed by all. It is very important that community protection officers possess certain qualities which will ultimately aid them in their performance. Such officers should be able to communicate with each and every member of the society, even at hostile or difficult circumstances, community protection officers should be able to deal with sophisticated paper work and write very good and accurate reports.
The officers should be tolerant and non judgmental, honest and fair, at times of distress or dangerous circumstances a community protection officer should be calm. In most cases, community protection officers are expected to work as team, hence it is important that an officer can comfortably work in a team; the officers should be well disciplined, observant and very alert. The community protection officers are also expected to be healthy and have a strong mental ability (Poulin, & Nemeth, 2004).
Initially police officers were just responsible of maintaining law and order. Their interaction with the members of the society was limited. Much have of late changed including the roles of police officers, they are now under going training aimed at embracing their role at community level. Unlike in the past they currently offer much more to the society than it was the case previously. Community Protection Officers are involved in environment conservation programs and also in the fire department. They are therefore more valuable to the society, since the society is able to enjoy more benefits as opposed to just maintenance of law and order.
The community protection officers should use a method that is oriented towards the community, such as community policing. This will enable the community protection officers to focus on social disorders and crime in a manner that includes enforcement of traditional law, prevention of crimes and social disorders, solving of various problems facing the community, engaging in community projects and also developing of partnership with the society. This approach ensures that both the police and the society join hands in addressing the security problems facing them, instead of leaving the entire role to the police alone. Community partnership is another very important approach. Its efforts are aimed at crime prevention. The partnership provides a platform for involving the members of the society in aiding the police officers in the identification people threatening the safety of others and their property. This partnership includes collaboration with interagency and intergovernmental bodies and federal agencies (Poulin, & Nemeth, 2004).
Problem solving approach assumes that people will make choices on the basis of opportunities in their social and physical environment. In the manipulation of these factors, the citizens tend to act less offensively. The elimination of conditions responsible for creating problems will therefore lead to the solving of such problems. The policing which are problem oriented deals with the causes of problems. The officer’s duty is to establish the link between social disorders and crimes and their causes. The organizational transformation method requires that organizations are transformed in such a way that basic values, instead of just procedures are used as the guidelines for service delivery to the society. This transformation includes the integration of the philosophy of community policing into the policies and procedures of the culture and traditions of the organizations (Poulin, & Nemeth, 2004).
Community protection officers have of late emerged as very important members of the community especially in the countries that have already adopted this system of community protection. As change is inevitable, the transformation of the security agencies to include members of the society is an excellent idea. This will enable the security providers in curbing and reducing criminal activities. This will ultimately ensure that the safety of citizens and their property is well safeguarded.
Poulin, K. C. & Nemeth, C. P. (2004): Private Security and Public Safety: A Community-Based Approach; ISBN 0131123742, Pearson Prentice Hall.