Community policing has been evolving slowly since the civil rights movement in the 1960s exposed the weaknesses of the traditional policing model.
Even though its origin can be traced to this crisis in police-community relations,
its development has been influenced by a wide variety of factors over the course of the past forty years.
The Civil Rights Movement (1960s).
Individual elements of community policing, such as improvements in police-community relations, emerged slowly from the political and social upheavals surrounding the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
Widespread riots and protests against racial injustices brought government attention to sources of racial discrimination and tension, including the police. As visible symbols of political authority, the police were exposed to a great deal of public criticism. Not only were minorities underrepresented in police departments, but studies suggested that the police treated minorities more harshly than white citizens (Walker). In response to this civil unrest, the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice (1967) recommended that the police become more responsive to the challenges of a rapidly changing society.
One of the areas that needed the most improvement was the hostile relationship separating the police from minorities, and in particular the police from African Americans. Team policing, tried in the late 1960s and early 1970s, developed from this concern, and was the earliest manifestation of community policing (Rosenbaum). In an attempt to facilitate a closer police community relationship, police operations were restructured according to geographical boundaries (community beats). In addition, line officers were granted greater decision-making authority to help them be more responsive to neighborhood problems. Innovative though it was, staunch opposition from police managers to decentralization severely hampered successful team implementation, and team policing was soon abandoned.
Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) Area Office Bukuru Command is an organization
set up to assist the police in the war against crime and insecurity in Nigeria,
precisely Jos, Plateau State.
The intention is to foster an effective and desirable understanding between Police
and their host community. The committee is also responsible for ensuring and
enhancing effective security in Bukuru Area Office and Divisions.
PCRC Area Office Bukuru Command comprises of six (6) Divisions. We are geared to foster maximum collaboration between our host community and the police in other to ensure maximum security / protection of life and properties. We are currently setting up multiple and far reaching forms of interaction. Notably are the Website of this command, Email Address, etc.
The six (6) divisions includes but not limited to the followings as they could be restructuring when necessary:
1. Anglo Jos Division
2. Rantya Division
3. Bukuru Division
4. Barkin Ladi Division
5. Ryom Division
6. K.Vom Division
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According to the source “this ‘Monday evening’ we were greeted by sporadic gunshots that lasted over two hours at Gambe-Tiev and the few locals who were in the village started running for safety. “Shortly after, we notice that the detachment of Mobile Police men who were in the village were beating a retreat. “As the sound of gunshots continued to reverberate, there was pandemonium, everyone started running for the safety of their lives including women and children who were running helter skelter for safety.
“The situation was made worst when the people saw the Police personnel pulling out of the community band moving back to Anyiin the local government headquarters for safety. “Though as we speak no deaths have been reported but by Tuesday we should be able to get a clearer picture of the situation but there is heightened tension in the area at the moment. When contacted, the state police spokesman, Assistant Superintendent, ASP, Moses Yamu confirmed the attack on the Police by the suspected herdsmen adding that ” we however did not record any casualties on our side”.