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David Weisburd

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Chapter 18: Evaluating Community Policing: Role Tensions between Practitioners and Evaluators

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Evaluating Community Policing: Role Tensions between Practitioners and Evaluators
Evaluating community policing: Role tensions between practitioners and evaluators
DavidWeisburd

Practitioners who implement and run community policing programs and researchers who evaluate them are likely to enter the evaluation process with the assumption that they agree on the basic questions and methods that underlie such studies. What they often neglect to take into account are the role conflicts that exist between program evaluators and practitioners and the extent to which these are exacerbated in the context of community policing programs. In this chapter I begin by outlining the source and nature of some of these conflicts and conclude with suggestions as to how to minimize their effect on the evaluation process.

The Source of the Conflict

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