Hollenbeck welcomes Dr. Jones
The Hollenbeck Division Area Commander and C-PAB Co-chair,
Captain Paul Pesqueria, invited Dr. Arthur Jones to attend the regular
C-PAB meeting last week, and to give a talk about community based
Dr. Jones is a well known author and expert in community policing
efforts world wide, and a frequent contributor to this website (see
Think Tank"). His knowledge is sought by police departments
around the globe, and is the result of years of comparative studies
and critical analysis conducted by Dr. Jones and his partner, Dr.
After attending the entire meeting, Dr. Jones gave an enlightening
and informative presentation to the group, and then answered questions
in a short, but spirited, question and answer period.
There were many many topics adroitly covered in his talk, during
which Dr. Jones used numerous examples of how other police departments
had developed community based policing programs in recent years.
Using statistical comparative analysis, and factoring in things
like population and law enforcement strength, significant crime
reduction can be shown to have occurred in those cities which had
fully embraced a robust pro-active program of community policing.
These law enforcement partnerships with the community and other
government agencies spring from the need to "work smarter"
about crime suppression efforts, especially important in a city
like Los Angeles where the LAPD, even at full strength, has a relatively
low per capita presence, and a huge geographic area to cover.
But Dr. Jones, who has recently made community policing presentations
to the Police Commission, the Mayor, and the Board of County Supervisors,
remains optimistic. He believes Los Angeles is on the cusp of an
era which may well usher in new thinking and new opportunities to
borrow from existing programs, but tailor them to the special needs
of our area.
One such idea being used in other places is that of partnering together
proactive community policing teams consisting of representatives
from a variety of groups ... law enforcement, probation and / or
parole, social services, mental health workers and community members
... and assigning them to regularly work in teams in specific, relatively
small geographic areas. This approach works especially well when
directed at gang suppression and homeless / mental health problems.
Dr. Jones was encouraged by what he'd experience by attending the
Hollenbeck C-PAB meeting, where he saw how easily the community
and Captains Paul Pesqueria and Anita Ortega interacted, and he
congratulated them for fostering such a meaningful relationship
with the C-PAB members.
He encourages more of this, city-wide.
Dr. Jones thanked Captain Pesqueria for the invitation to address
the Hollenbeck C-PAB and offered to make himself available to other
groups who wish to have him give short presentations about the benefits
of community based policing.
Arthur A. Jones and Robin Wiseman are international human rights
lawyers with legal educations in the United States and Europe. They
are consultants and authors on international policing, social policy
and human rights.
Please visit "The
Think Tank" on
this LA Community Policing website, where you will find
several offerings by Dr. Jones and Dr. Wiseman, Doctors of Law with
International Human Rights Law and Policy, both residents of Los
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