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David H. Bayley

In: The Challenge of Community Policing: Testing the Promises

Chapter 19: International Differences in Community Policing

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International Differences in Community Policing
International differences in community policing
David H.Bayley

The success of community policing will never be evaluated. The reason is simple. Community policing means too many things to different people. Its practices are so varied that any evaluation will be partial or challengeable as not being authentic “community policing.” Furthermore, because the mix of practices is so great, any evaluation will be sui generis, making generalization to other situations problematic.

Around the world, I have heard community policing described as horse patrols, neighborhood police offices, the traditional practices of criminal investigation, intensified enforcement of drunk-driving laws, prompt response to emergency calls for service, tightened disciplinary procedures, statements of departmental values and objectives, liaison with ethnic groups, victim support, and foot patrols. Such is the ...

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