Majors enrolled in the special projects course Police Community Relations make important contributions to local police departments seeking to gain accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, a national law enforcement accreditation agency.
Working with department faculty, students compose and distribute a survey to residents and business owners in local municipalities. Questions focus on the professionalism, helpfulness, knowledge and courteousness of law enforcement personnel and address quality of life issues. In addition, students typically interview a cross-section of community members, including youth and community leaders.
After compiling the data, students write reports on the communities' perceptions of their law enforcers and present their findings to the police departments, respective local government officials such as the mayor and/or city councils and the public.
As police departments accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies are required to complete these assessments every three years, this ongoing project meets Salve Regina's goal to provide overall enhanced services to local law enforcement communities.
Police departments served by this project have included:
- Cranston, R.I.
- Cumberland, R.I.
- East Providence, R.I.
- Middletown, R.I.
- North Smithfield, R.I.
- Pawtucket, R.I.
- Smithfield, R.I.
- Somerset, Mass.
- Warwick, R.I.
- Westerly, R.I.