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Wesley G. Skogan

In: The Challenge of Community Policing: Testing the Promises

Chapter 9: The Impact of Community Policing on Neighborhood Residents: A Cross-Site Analysis

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The Impact of Community Policing on Neighborhood Residents: A Cross-Site Analysis
The impact of community policing on neighborhood residents: A cross-site analysis
Wesley G.Skogan

This chapter examines one important aspect of community policing, its impact on neighborhood residents. Community policing is not a clear-cut concept, for it involves reforming decision-making processes and creating new cultures within police departments, rather than being a specific tactical plan. It is an organizational strategy that redefines the goals of policing (Goldstein, 1990; Moore, 1992). In general, community policing relies upon organizational decentralization and a reorientation of patrol in order to facilitate two-way communication between police and the public. It assumes a commitment to broadly focused, problem-oriented policing and requires that police are responsive to citizen demands when they decide what local ...

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