Rural policing is an often discussed but little understood concept within the criminal justice system. There are many different definitions of what constitutes a rural community and of what police do in the community. There is a common belief that is often backed up by the uniform crime report (UCR) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that crime is less common in rural than urban areas. However, rural police agencies are also less likely to report their data to the FBI. Some features of rural culture that affect policing ...

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