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Roy R. Roberg

In: The Challenge of Community Policing: Testing the Promises

Chapter 14: Can Today's Police Organizations Effectively Implement Community Policing?

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Can Today's Police Organizations Effectively Implement Community Policing?
Can today's police organizations effectively implement community policing?
Roy R.Roberg

The purpose of this chapter is to briefly examine whether police organizations in the United States can effectively implement community policing in the near future. It is clear that a definitional problem exists, thus making it difficult to determine who is actually “doing” community policing and how it has been (and will be) evaluated. Thus, some common definition regarding the concept must be determined if one is rationally to discuss its chances for success.

Although the problem of definition will not be debated here, it is recognized that community-oriented and problem-oriented policing are two distinct strategies, with the former more concerned with establishing a working relationship with the community and ...

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