The relationships between citizens and the police have become worse than ever. Almost daily, the news features stories about police shooting citizens involved in criminal or suspicious activity, while citizens are fighting back by shooting the police, sometimes in an ambush.
Criminal Justice Expert Recommends Citizen Police Academies & Community Policing in Light of Recent Protests & Increased Property Crime
Citizen-police relations have become tenser than ever. Every news cycle brings more examples of deteriorating relationships. For example, in the inner cities, protests are growing in response to police killings of civilians, even if an officer is cleared due to acting in self-defense. At the same time, property crimes are increasing and going unsolved in middle and upper income areas in the cities and suburbs.
Unfortunately, there has been a spate of recent films and TV series which glorify criminals and put cops, prison officials, and other law enforcement professionals as either background characters, or worse, corrupt and otherwise unsympathetic characters.