Definition of Policing

It’s been a long time since I added a post to the blog. I’ve been preoccupied with my extended leave at home (almost 3  months), new job responsibilities (settled in as a Police Advisor working at the US Embassy in Kabul), and working on my Master’s degree (finished my degree from Columbia Southern University the other night).

This micro-lecture was filmed at Beth Shaen, an ancient city where King Saul’s body, the king of Israel, was hung on the wall after his death at Mount Gilboa. Here I talk about the definition of policing as the “regulating and control of the affairs of a community especially as it relates to law, order, health, safety, and morals.”

Here’s some additional video from Beth Shaen if you are interested…

The Police Are the Public and the Public Are the Police – Sir Robert Peel

Sorry for the long delay in posting. I have been home on extended leave and just too busy spending time with family and friends…!

Here’s another post from my trip to the Holy Land. This one was done on camel-back in the Wadi Rum desert of Jordan. Scroll down to the second video to see me try to do this segment in the middle of a sandstorm. Next I’ll be posting the one where you see me getting thrown off my camel…!

Sir Robert Peel founded the London Metropolitan Police on nine basic principles. Principle number 7 states that “the police are the public and the public are the police.’ Which is another way to define Coactive Policing. Take a look at how this principle applies to law enforcement today…

Here’s me trying to tape this blog in the middle of a windstorm in the Wadi Rum desert of Jordan. You can see that I didn’t have much success. But I never lost my hat…!

Four Wheel Drive Policing – The Coactive Response

I used the opportunity of our jeep tour in Wadi Rum to illustrate the principle of Four Wheel Drive Policing.

Coactive Policing can be compared to a four wheel drive vehicle. When all the wheels are pulling together in the same direction, the vehicle can cover some difficult terrain. In the same way, a community that pulls together can overcome many community problems related to crime, fear of crime, and neighborhood decay and disorder.

One wheel represents law enforcement and local government. The other three represent the other components of the community – the business sector, the academic sector, the  faith-based sector, and the citizens themselves. That’s why I am so supportive of the Character Cities initiative because it brings all of these community sectors together to work toward common goals in a coactive manner.

Our Jeep Guide - Khalid

Our Jeep Guide - Khalid

Double Land Bridge

Mushroom Rock - Good thing I was there...

Our First Rock-Climbing Casualty

View from the Top

Cave Lizard

The Formula for Disaster — AKA “The Snake in the House Call”

I’ve arrived safely back in Kabul after a wonderful vacation in Cancun! I’ll spend the next couple of days resetting my sleep clock. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this video that I recorded before I left…

One of the reasons that Reactive Policing is so ineffective compared to Coactive, or Community Policing, is that we spend so much time on calls that aren’t related to the police mission. Watch this video for a good example of why character-based law enforcement that builds trust based relationships is the key to fighting crime…

The Three Models of Policing / Leadership

There are three basic models of policing that correlate with Stephen Covey’s stages of leadership and personal development: Dependence, Independence, and Interdependence. Join me as we look at the differences between Reactive, Proactive, and Coactive Policing and how they relate to accomplishing the police mission.

Reactive Policing = “Y’all call and we come…”

Proactive Policing = “Water and Fertilizer”

Coactive Policing = “Community Policing on Steroids”