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Community Problem Solving
Law enforcement is a constantly changing organization. As society grows more diverse, population increases, technology becomes more advanced, and criminals become smarter, the methods of policing must adapt and overcome. The current strategy for policing is referred to as Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS). Since the late 1970s early 1980s COPPS began gaining ground and momentum with involving and building relationships among communities in the effort to reduce and prevent crime. “The community policing model balances reactive responses to calls for service with proactive problem-solving centered on the causes of crime and disorder. Community policing requires police and citizens to join together as partners in the course of both identifying and effectively addressing these issues” (Fisher-Stewart, 2007, pg.4).
Eucalyptus Ridge, a small community in Lakeside, is home to only military families. Most would image that a military housing community would be the one place that is free from crime. However, that is not the case for this community. Being located approximately 7 miles away from Barona Resort and Casino, Eucalyptus Ridge sits right off Highway 67. There was a time when the wandering (and most often slightly inebriated) trouble-makers drifted into the community looking for opportunities. The community is also not gated creating even more temptations for law breakers to come inside and do as they please. With no police or fire station nearby, and the limited amount of officers assigned to this area, there was little deterrent, allowing time for criminals to get away; especially with such quick and easy access to the highway and plenty of places to hide in the dark farm surroundings. A few problems the community faced were cars and homes being broken into, people speeding through areas children play, children’s toys…...

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