Material for a 12-hours lesson plan consisting of modified lecture and exercises, part of the Capacity Building Training for LPSC Partnership Building Module, developed by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo
It is obvious that the concept of community policing depends on the local culture. All the countries implementing such programme face the same problems summarized as follows: It is a long process that needs adjustments, flexibility, mutual trust between the police and the citizens, sharing of information, new police management styles, identification of concerns, diagnosis, strategy, action plans etc.
One of the most important focus points is that the police and the mayor cannot run the municipalities without support and coordination with state bodies and citizens. That means -good will and wishes are not sufficient. Each stakeholder must understand its role, task, involvement, action, and how it is possible to be very efficient for the community they serve.
Among several solutions, setting up a “Local Public Safety Committee” in addition to other community safety forums could bring successful results.
LPSCs problem-solving meetings often result in the creation of small-scale local projects that can be carried out by the community. This module will provide the necessary skills to the members of the LPSCs to follow an organised system to design implement and evaluate their projects using problem-solving tools and techniques in their respective communities in order to address issues of crime, safety and liveability.
The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize the members of Local Public Safety Committees with the process of problem solving and provide knowledge about applying problem-solving tools and techniques in their respective communities in order to address issues of crime, safety and liveability.
After this block of instruction the participants will be able to:
1. Define “Problem Solving” according to the definition presented during the lesson.
2. State the four steps of the SARA Problem-Solving Model for Community Policing and apply the SARA Model to simulated community problems as taught in the class.
3. Describe the benefits of Problem Oriented Policing.