The implementation of community policing is crucial to the eventual success and longevity of adopting the concept within a policing organization and the community it serves. When implementing community policing, one of the most important decisions police management make is the scope of change they want to undertake. If a more limited approach is preferred, implementation can be a simple, straightforward endeavor. However, if a more in-depth change is sought, implementation can become a complex three-stage process (pre-implementation, implementation, and post-implementation) involving many phases with concurrent internal and external foci. It requires an administrator who understands the department and the community it represents as well as the assets, strengths, weaknesses, limitations, and capacities of each entity. In essence, implementing community policing requires both strong management ...

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