This centennial collection of essays and original research studies captures the varied spectrum of philosophies and concerns of the Board and staff of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) over the past century . The criminological experts represented in this volume are renowned for their study and research into the far reaches of this field of study. As a chronicle of the NCCD’s development, editors Barry Krisberg, Susan Marchionna, and Christopher Baird include some of the most groundbreaking material to come out of the workings of this unique American institution.
Chapter 20: Organizing for Community Policing
Organizing for Community Policing
The police are the public, and the public are the police. No matter how large the department, the principle must be honored or crime control is weakened.
Community policing means different things in different cities, but the anonymity of urban living works against friendly policing.
The task of organizing should begin with a clear understanding of the role of the police. Are all police officers qualified to assume the responsibilities associated with community policing?
American policing is a failure.1 Its first responsibility is to prevent crime. Yet, the United States has the highest rates of crime and incarceration in the industrial world, although it is the wealthiest nation. Thousands of citizens who should be contributing to the economy are a ...