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.
Citizen Input and Police Service: Moving beyond the “Feel Good” Community Survey
At the dawn of the 20th century, it was common for citizens to provide input into the policing process. Officers would regularly talk to local residents about neighborhood problems (e.g., panhandling and drunkenness) as they walked the beat (Wilson & Kelling, 1982). Widespread accusations of corruption, political favoritism, selective enforcement, and administrative inefficiency soon brought about change in the policing process. Over time, police work evolved from informally dealing with order maintenance problems to fighting crime. The reform movement also brought with it new technologies (e.g., automobiles and communications equipment), as well [Page 44]as efficiency-oriented managerial practices (Leonard, 1951; Smith, 1940; ...