Humanizing Policing: 8 Steps that Build Community Confidence and Promote Officer Safety

Humanizing Policing: 8 Steps that Build Community Confidence and Promote Officer Safety
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1Resources
Recorded on: 2020-03-19
Unit 1Slide Deck: Humanizing Policing
Unit 2Workbook: Humanizing Policing
Unit 3Recording: Humanizing Policing

Community safety is so much more than just law enforcement making arrests. It entails the community’s cooperation and other agencies’ collaboration to make the efforts more effective and comprehensive. How can this be done? This session provides specific steps on how to make this happen.

This course’s instructors are Darrel Stephens and Peter Bellmio. Darrel is an accomplished police executive with more than 50 years’ experience in policing and consults in various police leadership and management topics. He’s served in, led, and has been a part of numerous agencies and initiatives including the Public Safety Leadership Program at Johns Hopkins University, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Meanwhile, Peter Bellmio is a criminal justice management consultant specializing in data analysis and plan development for staffing in criminal justice and public safety agencies.

Specifics they discussed in this webinar are:

  • Humanizing policing – movements in law enforcement history that led to it and its guiding principles.
  • The Eight Steps that will help bring police closer to the community and improve their effectiveness.
  • Step 1: Strengthening the role of patrol officers that emphasize the importance of their contact with the community by ensuring adequate staffing to accomplish their duties, and proactive time to build relationships.
  • Step 2: Establish geographic deployment of patrol officers to promote relationship and partnership building with the community.
  • Step 3: Amplifying supervision by discouraging sergeants from regularly handling calls for service but instead familiarizing with agency goals and providing effective supervision to patrol.
  • Step 4: Reinforcing in-service training that applies a systems approach with measurable goals, adult learning principles, and improves leadership and communication skills.
  • Step 5: Adopting a Problem-Solving attitude that acknowledges the importance of organizational development, a collaborative approach to community safety, and assessing the impact of solutions.
  • Step 6: Identifying the key people that impact public safety to zero in efforts on them.
  • Step 7: Expand information sharing through collaborative partnerships among agencies to maximize resources.
  • Step 8: Adopting Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) that utilizes the environment and surroundings to create a safer community without the need for massive costs or changes on the community.
  • Identifying the typical implementation issues and recommendations on how to best address them.

Peter and Darrel provided clarifications during the Q&A on:

  • Applying concepts discussed to the COVID pandemic situation.
  • Gaining buy-in from leadership, city council, and other agencies to implement community- and problem-oriented policing.
  • Fighting reactive policing, promoting time management, and doing more proactive work through workload analysis.
  • Utilizing the model in missing persons cases.


Audience Comments

  • “I believe that strengthening the roles of patrol officers is so often overlooked or not focused on. I really enjoyed this webinar and look forward in attending more in the future. — Aracely
  • “Practical information born from years of successful leadership by the presenters.” –Jeff
  • “Such an awesome presentation with someone with so much experience. Systems work at its best if made into realization. Also loved how he emphasized to based in community’s own environment and challenges.” — Kim
  • “The 8 steps were well organized and easy to understand.” — Megan
  • “I like the questions where they brought it down at the end with current situation.” — Mary
  • “I was very interested to learn more about adult learning principles and the topic of strengthening quality, in-service training and the impact that can have when officers receive the training they are expressing an interest in.” — Nancy
  • “The entire discussion was beneficial, and particularly ways to respond to our current crisis.” — Shirley



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