It takes a great deal of effort and intentionality to keep a community safe. Half the battle is knowing a community intimately. Only when a municipality is intimately acquainted with its community will it be able to make an organized effort to address the key issues plaguing the community. Taking action without knowledge is utter folly, a waste of energy and resources. Without being in tune with the needs of the community, all the efforts of the governing municipality to keep the community safe are likened to the futile efforts of a blindfolded goalie trying to guard his goal. Thankfully, the police department of Mount Rainier, MD has realized the need to be well acquainted with the community.
The Mount Rainier police department is constantly engaging their community through special events and neighborhood walkthroughs. Patrol officers are required to walk around the neighborhoods for at least one hour outside of their vehicles so that they can meet the citizens under their protection. Police officers also visit nursing homes, schools, and local organizations to foster a warm and intentional presence in the community. It is because of these practices that the Mount Rainier police department is effectively protecting its community. If the police were not immersed in the community, they would not know what crimes were happening, nor how to stop them.
Visibility is key to keeping a community safe. Municipalities can maximize their presence in the community by imitating the engagement policies of the Mount Rainier Police Department as well as utilizing the correct tools to stop and deter crime. Crime deterrent cameras provide the extra edge needed to complete any community’s security efforts.