Community policing continues to be of great interest to policy makers, scholars and, of course, local police agencies. Successfully achieving the transformation from a traditional policing model to community policing can be difficult. This book aims to illuminate the path to make that change as easy as possible. Morash and Ford have produced a contributed anthology with original articles from a variety of well-known researchers, police trainers and leaders.
Transforming Police Organizations
The movement toward community-oriented policing signals a major change in how police agencies operate. The overall philosophy of community policing focuses on a taking a customer-based approach to policing. This customer-based approach leads to the development of partnerships with the community to better meet community needs and thus enhance police effectiveness. Partnerships also include efforts to better integrate the internal functions of police organizations. Underlying the move to community-oriented policing is the recognition on the part of police agencies that they need continuously to learn about and improve their policing efforts. This requires that police agencies work with the community to develop and implement unified, information-based efforts to solve problems in the community rather than only to react to ...