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John E. Eck & Dennis P. Rosenbaum

In: The Challenge of Community Policing: Testing the Promises

Chapter 1: The New Police Order: Effectiveness, Equity, and Efficiency in Community Policing

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The New Police Order: Effectiveness, Equity, and Efficiency in Community Policing
The new police order: Effectiveness, equity, and efficiency in community policing
John E.Eck
Dennis P.Rosenbaum

Community policing has become the new orthodoxy for cops. Simultaneously ambitious and ambiguous, community policing promises to change radically the relationship between the police and the public, address underlying community problems, and improve the living conditions in neighborhoods. One reason for its popularity is that community policing is a plastic concept, meaning different things to different people. There are many perspectives on community policing, and each of them is built on assumptions that are only partially supported by empirical evidence.

This chapter will establish a conceptual framework for understanding what community policing is and is not in contemporary discourse. By articulating some of ...

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