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NCJ Number: 151308 Find in a Library
Title: BS and Buzzwords: The New Police Operational Style
Journal: American Journal of Police  Volume:12  Issue:3  Dated:(1993)  Pages:157- 168
Author(s): R D Hunter; T Barker
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 12
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of community policing concludes that although its theoretical basis appears to be sound, the current approaches lack substance and should be replaced by a community-oriented approach for which specific implementation strategies can be developed.
Abstract: Advocates of community policing regard it as the solution to the reactive practices of traditional service delivery models. The flexible philosophy of community involvement is community policing's greatest asset and greatest weakness. Neither scholars nor practitioners understand how to apply this concept successfully. As a result, community relations efforts are mistakenly classified as community policing. In addition, many police administrators seek to appear progressive by labeling traditional techniques with community-oriented or problem- oriented titles. Instead of these approaches, a management model is needed that builds on the philosophy of community policing and incorporates the planning and problemsolving of problem-oriented policing into a clearly understood, proactive service delivery system. Professional services policing would accomplish this by establishing an enhanced service model that all types of police agencies could use. 26 references
Main Term(s): Community policing
Index Term(s): Police reform; Policing innovation; Problem-Oriented Policing
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