For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people's love and concern for each other.
Willard Fuller
Broken Windows and Community Policing

0109-brokenwindow The notion of broken windows has provided important insights and innovation to the field of policing. At times, however, these ideas have been misunderstood, misapplied, and often viewed outside the context of community policing. Broken windows is based on the notion that signs of incivility, like broken windows, signify that nobody cares, which leads to greater fear of crime and a reduction of community efficacy, which in turn can lead to more serious crimes and greater signs of incivility, repeating the cycle into a potential spiral of decay. For police, the insight of broken windows is that they are called on to address minor quality-of-life offenses and incidents of social disorder to prevent more serious crime, and that they must take specific steps to increase the capacity of communities to exert informal social control. Just as many have inaccurately reduced community policing to community relations, others have incorrectly reduced broken windows to merely zero tolerance or order enforcement policies, with little regard for community concerns or outcomes. In fact, broken windows advocates for the careful implementation of these specific police tactics so that individual rights and community interests are respected. In addition, broken windows stresses the importance of including communities in the change process, with the primary goal being the development of informal social control mechanisms within the communities in question and not merely increased enforcement of minor offenses.
Later articulations of broken windows place it squarely within the context of community policing and attempt to address some of the legal and moral implication of its adoption. As Sousa and Kelling (2006:90) state, “we believe that order maintenance should represent a policy option in support of police and community efforts to be implemented as problem-analysis and problem-solving dictates.” An application of a one- size-fits-all order maintenance program is unlikely to have universally positive effects on all of the various crimes and serious problems confronted by police departments and is not advocated for by broken-windows theory. Rather, from the perspective of community policing, broken windows represents an important potential response to crime and disorder problems that may or may not be dictated through problem-solving processes and broken-windows-style interventions should be conducted in partnership with community stakeholders.
Broken windows is more narrow in scope than the overarching community policing philosophy and fits well within the community policing context. For example, unlike the community policing philosophy, broken windows does not attempt to identify specific organizational changes in law enforcement agencies that are necessary to institutionalize these types of police interventions. Situating broken windows within the broader community policing philosophy can help to advance the organizational changes necessary to make broken windows interventions (when they are called for through careful analysis) successful and sustainable. For example, broken windows can benefit from community policing’s focus on hiring different kinds of officers (who pay attention to disorder and have skills in community capacity building), building stronger analytical functions to support proper analysis, and making specific efforts to engage communities and increase trust to facilitate order-maintenance interventions.
When broken windows is correctly understood within a broader community policing philosophy, improper implementation of its central tenets through such things as ignoring community concerns, applying a zero tolerance one-size-fits-all approach to minor offenses, and conducting cursory or no analysis of problems, are less likely to occur. Appreciating the true scope of broken windows policing concepts within the context of community policing will enable these innovations to flourish and be most effective.
Sousa, W.H. & Kelling, G.L. (2006). Of “broken windows,” criminology, and criminal justice. In D. Weisburd & A. A. Braga (Eds.), Police Innovation: Contrasting Perspectives (pp.77-97). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press./p>
  • -Matthew C. Scheider, Ph.D.
    Assistant Director,
    The COPS Office

Meet the Police 8-24-13

To the Kennett Community:
On behalf of the KPD Community Outreach & Policing Committee, I want to say a sincere thank you to all those who came out to “Meet The Police.”  This event was a resounding success and it is because of you.

I also want to thank my fellow committee members: Malinda Harris, Diane Bush Risner, Charles Isbell and Roland Johnson.  Your dedication to this important cause and to this community is greatly appreciated.

To our neighborhood outreach leaders who volunteered so generously of your time, this event would not have been possible without you.  A special thank you must go to Alex Byrd and Libby Mobley for the food preparation, to Willie Johnson, Aaron Johnson, Mrs. Shawnee Trowbridge, Prisda Trowbridge, Hana Spencer, Britt Harris,  Michael Lewis and to the Kennett Fire Department with special thanks to Firefighter Marty Cato.

We also would like to thank our local churches and business community for stepping up to help make this event possible through their donations.  We want to thank The Bridge, The First Presbyterian Church, Senath State Bank, the Daily Dunklin Democrat, Country Mart, Harp’s, Baker Farm & Hardware, The Store, Walmart, Pepsi and Unilever Ice Cream in Sikeston, MO.  This event would not have been possible without their generosity.

The purpose of the KPD Community Outreach & Policing Program is to strengthen the community-police partnership in order to reduce crime in our community which in turn makes our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  When a community works in concert with their local law enforcement, it is a win-win situation for everyone involved, unless you’re a criminal.  We would like to thank Chief Jim Paine, our department liaison Det. Tim Trowbridge and to all the members of the Kennett Police Department for their staunch support of this program and for their commitment to making Kennett a safer community for all of its citizens.

Limmie Pulliam, Program Coordinator

Community Outreach Program

The Kennett Police Department is currently working with several members of the local community directly through our 'Community Outreach Program'

The basic idea is to establish better communication links between the Kennett Police Department and the citizens we serve. Also to connect neighbors together, to work together is helping our Officers make our city a safer place.

This program currently oversees Special Outreach Activities between the Kennett Community, Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, DARE, and other programs to come.