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.
Using Assessment Tools to Jump-Start the Move to Community Policing
Community policing involves a significant change in the way a department operates. The change process follows a series of definable stages, from initial exploration to commitment, planning, and implementation, with the goal of institutionalizing the move to community policing (see Ford, Boles, Plamondon, & White, 1999). Exploration occurs when leaders actively investigate alternative approaches to policing. Commitment occurs when the leader and the management team make the decision to change and begin the process of presenting their ideas to the entire organization to build momentum for the change effort. Planning is the organization-wide effort to articulate the goals of the change effort and to ...