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Deanna L. Wilkinson & Dennis P. Rosenbaum

In: The Challenge of Community Policing: Testing the Promises

Chapter 6: The Effects of Organizational Structure on Community Policing: A Comparison of Two Cities

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The Effects of Organizational Structure on Community Policing: A Comparison of Two Cities
The effects of organizational structure on community policing: A comparison of two cities
Deanna L.Wilkinson
Dennis P.Rosenbaum

The fundamental question about community policing in the 1990s is not “should it be implemented?”—the concept is already extremely popular with policymakers—but rather “How should it be implemented?” With any sizeable programmatic or organizational change there is always the risk of serious setbacks or delays in achieving the optimum level of implementation due to poor planning, employee or community resistance, or other factors. In theory, community policing represents a fundamental change in the basic role of the police officer, including changes in his or her skills, motivation, and opportunity to engage in problem-solving activities and to develop new ...

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