Ask any law enforcement official and they will tell you that policing is more effective when the community is involved.
The US Justice Department has even set aside the entire week, designed to get the word out about community policing.
Monday night at Jackson State University, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District partnered with local and federal law enforcement agencies and JSU to host a two-part event focusing on law enforcement and community relations.
It's a topic that sparked plenty of questions from students.
"Hopefully they can take something from it," said Qualy Stokes, head of the Student PanHellenic Council." "And instead of being scared of the law enforcement officers, they can now feel like they can have a better relationship with them."
The National Community Policing Week "Justice Forum" at JSU is called "Beyond the Badge: Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges."