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Jack R. Greene, William T. Bergman & Edward J. Mclaughlin

In: The Challenge of Community Policing: Testing the Promises

Chapter 5: Implementing Community Policing: Cultural and Structural Change in Police Organizations

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Implementing Community Policing: Cultural and Structural Change in Police Organizations
Implementing community policing: Cultural and structural change in police organizations
Jack R.Greene
William T.Bergman
Edward J.Mclaughlin
Community Policing as the Study of Organizational Change

In recent years a new “style” of policing has emerged in American law enforcement, a style emphasizing greater police and community interaction, increased managerial autonomy and accountability, and improved service delivery (Eck & Spelman, 1987; Goldstein, 1990; Kelling & Moore, 1988). Known generally as “community policing,” this style of policing is argued to be a paradigmatic shift in public law enforcement wherein police organizations are to become “flatter” (less hierarchical), more product as opposed to process oriented, and less driven by reactive responses to citizen mobilizations (Skolnick & Bayley, 1986; Sparrow, Moore, & Kennedy, 1990).

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