Community policing is democracy in action. It requires the active participation of all who share a concern for the welfare of the neighborhood.
The foundations of a successful community policing strategy are the close, mutually beneficial ties between police and community members.
Establishing and maintaining mutual trust is the central goal of the first core component of community policing -- community partnership. Without trust between police and citizens, effective policing is impossible.
In some communities, it will take time to break down barriers of apathy and mistrust. Building trust will not happen overnight; it will require ongoing effort.