Previous Chapter Chapter 20: Research Synthesis and Policy Implications
Chapter 20: Research Synthesis and Policy Implications
Something is clearly afoot in the field of policing. Throughout the country (even the world), police executives are committing their organizations to something called “community” or “problem-solving” policing (Kelling, 1988). Indeed, popular enthusiasm for these ideas is so great that in a few cases in which police executives have been slow to embrace them, communities have forced the ideas upon them.
Predictably, rhetorical commitments to these ideas have outpaced the concrete achievements. Still, as one looks across the country, one finds many examples of departments that have introduced important new operational programs and administrative systems that are consistent with the spirit of the wider reforms (and are often the important first steps in changing the operational ...