Workshop Leader: Dr. Patrick Oliver, Ph.D.  

Professor Oliver is the Director of the Criminal Justice Program at Cedarville University. Prior to coming to Cedarville in 2005, he served for 27 years in law enforcement as Chief of Police in the cities of Fairborn, Grandview Heights, and Cleveland, Ohio, and as Ranger Chief of Cleveland Metropolitan Parks. He also spent 11 years as a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Dr. Oliver serves as a consultant for the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and has conducted training both in the US and abroad.

Program Description:

Presented from a biblical worldview, this workshop provides insights into “Community–based Policing” and explains why it is most effective when police departments work in partnership with the community. Contemporary challenges require full-serve policing, proactive and reactive, including involving the community directly as partners in the process of identifying, prioritizing and solving problems such as crime, fear of crime, illicit drugs, social and physical disorder, and neighborhood decay. This should be an interactive, results-oriented process between the police and the community. Therefore, it is important for social workers to understand their role in this shared responsibility for public safety and social order. 

Learning Objectives:

      • Understand the philosophy of community-based policing
      • Learn the nine P’s of community-based policing
      • Understand the ten principles of community-based policing
      • Recognize why community engagement is essential to preventing crime and social disorder