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NCJ Number: 139845 Find in a Library
Title: Community Oriented Policing: A Shift in Paradigm
Author(s): N C Jacobs
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 15
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In order for innovative community-oriented policing programs to work, there must occur significant shifts in community, organization, and personnel paradigms.
Abstract: For example, community paradigms regarding policing are based on the inaccurate premise that police could control serious crime through rapid and effective responses to calls for service. However, the professional view is that the police have little effect on crime because crime is caused by factors beyond their control. The prevalent paradigm of police organizations is one of stability and resistance to change; there must be a shift away from reactive policing to an active, assertive prevention mode. Finally, the police culture itself will be difficult to change because of the stressful and dangerous work conditions under which officers operate and because of restrictive work schedules that limit police socialization to other officers.
Main Term(s): Community policing
Index Term(s): Police organizational structure; Police work attitudes; Public Opinion of the Police
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