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Are You Really Doing Community Policing?

NCJ Number
Police Chief Volume: 61 Issue: 10 Dated: (October 1994) Pages: 115,117-118,120,122-123
Date Published
6 pages
A project was funded by the National Institute of Justice in Portland, Oregon, to identify what police departments need to do to implement community policing and assess its effectiveness.
The project determined that police departments need to understand the differences between community policing and traditional policing. Community policing is a management strategy that promotes the joint responsibility of citizens and police officers for community safety, through working partnerships and interpersonal contacts. To help police administrators make the transition from traditional policing to community policing, the authors present a management blueprint for guiding police departments toward full implementation of community policing. This blueprint contains essential building blocks described in the community policing literature and also contains a written self-assessment instrument that police administrators can use to measure the extent to which community policing procedures have been implemented in their own departments. The blueprint involves five major requirements: (1) police partnerships with the community; (2) partnerships within the police department; (3) decentralized decisionmaking; (4) restructured police training and education; and (5) expanded police services. 4 footnotes

Date Published: January 1, 1994