|Re: Police policies||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Elizabeth Magill (pastorlizmgmail.com)|
|Date: Thu, 3 Jun 2021 06:19:57 -0700 (PDT)|
We don't have policies on that, but we have a slightly similar situation. (We are two coho communities on one property.) In the northern community a dog bit a young person who lives in the southern community. The bitten family called animal control. The northern community (with the dog) reacted by saying "you must talk to the family before calling". Our community (with the bitten person) reacted by saying "you can call if it feels appropriate". I work with communities on conflict. Often there is conflict that "that other person isn't following our policies." I think it would help when developing policies to ask how you would enforce it once it is in place. Also ask whether you really have agreement from all people to follow it. So taking a policy about calling police (or animal control, or any outside the community resource)--would the person who has done that follow such a policy? And if they did not, then what would the community do about the fact that they didn't follow it? In my experience, and in this case even in my dreaming of best case scenarios, I can't imagine what would happen if someone didn't follow the policy. What would be a logical consequence? Who would make that consequence happen? The only next step that I can imagine is to talk to the person about them calling the police. Do you have someone from the community who would come with you as you try to do that? It sounds like a very frustrating situation and I'm sorry there isn't a way to change other people's behaviors. I wish there was. Liz Mosaic Commons in Berlin, MA. On Thu, Jun 3, 2021 at 7:34 AM Maggie McGovern via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> wrote: > > Hi people. I’ve never posted to here so I’m not sure if I’m doing this right. > I’ll find out! > > I’m curious if any of you have policies/guidelines/agreements/rules around > people calling the police? > > I’ve had a neighbor call the police on me for something that was not breaking > any agreements and wasn’t brought to my attention by him (we do have > agreements to go to each other with complaints but he has chosen not to do > that). We don’t have any agreements around calling the police and for my and > other’s safety and peace of mind I would like that to exist. I was thinking > of having a discussion in our coho with those interested but I thought I’d > first see if other Coho’s have written agreements that I can bring as > options. When I think of writing something it is very hard for me to clearly, > concretely describe how it would look to use police when needed and not just > as a threat. > > I also know there are many views on this from people trusting the police as a > strategy for protection and conflict resolution to those who see using police > as a danger given historical and current violence and abuses of power and > then everything in between. Anyone tackled this? > > Thanks, > Maggie > > Sent from my iPhone > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://L.cohousing.org/info > > > -- -Liz (The Rev. Dr.) Elizabeth Mae Magill Pastor, Ashburnham Community Church Minister to the Affiliates, Ecclesia Ministries www.elizabethmaemagill.com 508-450-0431
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