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Warren Friedman

In: The Challenge of Community Policing: Testing the Promises

Chapter 16: The Community Role in Community Policing

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The Community Role in Community Policing
The community role in community policing

“Problem-solving partnerships” captures, in a phrase, two ideas central to community policing: a focus on patterned, repetitive crime and disorder, and the need for police to have allies in solving these problems. Considerable thought has gone into understanding the conditions that are necessary for a police department to be more responsive to the community. Criminal justice scholars and police officials meet at conferences. Studies are funded through the National Institute of Justice. Ideas are exchanged in police and scholarly journals. A multimillion-dollar national dialogue about the fate of communities is being conducted among professionals.

The dialogue is replicated at the local level. Departments hire consultants. Committees meet. Community policing is defined by professionals and presented ...

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