Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Travelling oversea for peacebuilding course has always been my dream for many years. Rotary peace fellowship has made my dream come true. Working in the police service has built me to understand that community policing is a key mandate that goes hand in hand with peace building activities hence community crime prevention is achieved. Today engaging in community activities is a demand for policing services that makes me remain proud to acknowledge the new skills acquired at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University that has provided a great opportunity for me to learn and interact with people from all walks of life.
What is community policing? According to Friedmann (1992), community policing is a buzz word which is taken for granted by professionals and scholars, who used the term to replace other terms such as foot patrol, crime prevention, problem oriented policing, police community relations and more. The main focus here is community involvement in combating crime disorders (Klocker, 1988). He referred to community policing as a concept of bringing the communities to know each other more and improve good neighborhood. The concept has worked very well in reality of our crime ridden communities. The same initiative has been incorporated so well in peacebuilding activities to help reduce crime both in urban and rural set-up.
Peacebuilding and community policing is one of the thematic areas that offers a fresh overview of the challenges in advanced societies and peacebuilding in weak nations, demonstrating how going beyond traditional models of police work can provide solutions in troubled communities. Secondly responding to needs of the community is a paradigm of community policing that involves consultations with community members’ responsiveness to their security needs, collective problems-solving to identify the most appropriate means of meeting needs and mobilization of police services. Peacebuilding is a process of strengthening a society’s capacity to manage conflict through nonviolent means. Having interacted with many key stakeholders in peacebuilding processes, I have learnt that conflict is natural in society and can lead to positive change and descent to violence if not managed well in time.
In my entire work experience, peacebuilding knowledge has made me enhance trust between police and the community members and restored legitimacy because it’s about bringing together different peace actors to work jointly so as to achieve one goal. People who come from conflict driven countries need to work in partnership and air their different views and define priorities.
As a global peace ambassador I believe that peacebuilding is about long term transformation which requires an integrated approach and engaging a diverse range of actors in peacebuilding. Being passionate in my work, diligently forming new networks among other stakeholders is my goal.
When my time to be in Bangkok at Chulalongkorn university comes to an end, I will travel back to my home country but will not forget the most tremendous experience with the peace fellows, staffs, administration, lecturers and the entire Thai people who served us diligently. On the other hand I will look for resources to convene a workshop including all the peace actors to train them and share with them the in-depth knowledge about peace work and focus mostly on the way forward. Making use of all the conflict analysis tools, mediation processes, concepts and values of peace and conflict based on the aspect of early warning and early response system.
The idea behind community policing is to instill the ability of monitoring conflict effectively or being able to learn the changing dynamics on multiple different levels and a clear understanding of the local context and long term trends of conflict. Last but not least community policing helps to enhance social cohesion at the community level and good will for peace to the people who are involved and linked to other networks and mechanisms ready for actions.
Rotary Peace Fellow – Class 23