Community policing is frequently lauded as a useful counter terrorism strategy. Community policing is built upon the premise that the police and citizens of the community will work together to address issues of crime and social disorganization. Specifically, community policing is an effort designed to bring together the public and the police to form a joint “togetherness” and “a shared understanding of problems” (crime and terrorism) that require attention, as well as, some degree of joint responsibility in undertakings to deal with these problems. Community policing places emphasis on themes such as community partnership, collaboration, problem-solving, and organizational transformation within a police agency. Successful community policing as a counter terrorism strategy depends to a large extent on recognizing and dealing with a combination of helpful and harmful internal and external factors and the attributes of grassroots police representatives who interface with community individuals and groups. After briefly examining the community policing strategy, this paper addresses and explores ways to improve community policing as an effective counter terrorism strategy at the grassroots community police officer level. The conclusion suggests that special attributes and qualities including multicultural competency (awareness, knowledge, and skills) are needed by community police to make community policing an effective counter terrorism strategy.
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