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.
Styles of Patrol in a Community-Policing Context
In the late 19th century, American police reformers promised that officers would be selected, trained, and supervised to fit an ideal mold (Berman, 1987; Fogelson, 1977; Walker, 1977). The ideal officer was committed to law enforcement, free of corruption, and well versed in the latest crime fighting methods. Nowadays, community-policing reformers encourage officers to exercise initiative and creativity in deciding how to achieve community-policing “values,” but they still expect them to adhere to certain behaviors: to engage fully the people on their beat; to treat them in a civil, caring fashion; to be proactive in identifying problems and taking preventive action; and to reinforce informal institutions that will maintain ...