Baltimore Explains Its Community Policing To Iraqi Official


Saad Maan al-Mosawi is a lieutenant colonel in the Iraqi police force responsible for community policing. He oversees a band of officers who build sources, visit business owners, talk to residents and feed valuable tips to investigators to head off suicide bombings and attacks by insurgents, says the Baltimore Sun. He visited Baltimore to learn how Americans police their cities.

One of the first questions he posed to a top department official was, “Do you have community policing in Baltimore?” After years of cops believing that wholesale arrests were the way out of an epidemic of violence, Baltimore police returned to community policing with neighborhood walks and more outreach to help regain the trust of a distrustful citizenry. Paradoxically, they did it by disbanding the community policing unit. Police official Anthony Guglielmi had a difficult time explaining the concept, and Mosawi couldn’t understand how Baltimore embraces the same concept but without a division of officers to implement it. Guglielmi explained that every officer in every car needs to be a community cop, not just those officers in one small group. Under the old plan, residents disdained the officers with the cuffs and embraced the officers playing ball with the kids.

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