One of the hallmarks of community policing has been reintegrating the police with the communities they serve. Although this reintegration was done using a number of methods, one of the most popular methods involved reinstituting neighborhood foot patrols. Foot patrols remove officers from patrol cars and deploy them to patrol a smaller area on foot. The goal of foot patrol is twofold: to break down social distance between the police and citizens in the neighborhoods they serve, and to prevent crime by increasing the likelihood of an officer being close enough to deter would-be criminals. The implementation of foot patrols is not a novel concept associated with community policing; rather, it has seen support ebb and flow over time. This entry discusses the use of ...

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