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What Impact Will High Density Buildings Have On the Ability of Small and Mid-Sized California Police Departments to Provide Service in Urban Communities?

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R J Johnson
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This article discusses the impact high density growth will have on small and mid-sized police departments by examining trends such as community growth, increased traffic and population density, and changes in the family unit as they pertain to policing high-rise buildings.
A normative future is explored using a scenario writing technique. A strategic plan listing numerous points for a proactive resolution to the problems facing law enforcement in the year 2000 is described. The plan calls for greater involvement by police managers in the planning review process, as well as greater interaction between police, planning, and fire departments. Also discussed is adoption of a model security ordinance by cities to make all types of structures safer for inhabitants. Tabular data and 19 references. (Author abstract modified)