Empathetic Policing Model: Is there a place for it in corrections?

Police cultivate a good relationship with the public they serve; could this also work between COs and inmates?

There are plenty of ways to go about this, but one idea worth considering is promoting a culture based on an empathetic police model of service. 

An empathetic police model of service is essentially an enhancement of community policing in general and starts at the hiring process, is developed in the training function and continues throughout an officer’s career through a culture of professionalism and trust. Caring about those we serve to make going “above and beyond” the norm is what the empathetic police model is all about.  

Think about the New York City police officer who recently used his own money to buy a down trodden man a new pair of boots in the winter and you will get the idea.  

By Tom Wetzel