skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 151403 Find in a Library
Title: Revising the HIstories and Futures of Policing (From Police and Society: Touchstone Readings, P 69-82, 1995, Victor E. Kappeler, ed. - See NCJ-151401)
Author(s): V G Strecher
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Waveland Press, Inc.
Long Grove, IL 60047
Sale Source: Waveland Press, Inc.
4180 IL Route 83
Suite 101
Long Grove, IL 60047
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In their monograph, "The Evolving Strategy of Policing," George L. Kelling and Mark H. Moore base their policy analyses on interpretations of history.
Abstract: This critique examines the extent to which uses of history differ in purpose and whether these differences can affect one's understanding of history. Specifically, the Kelling/Moore monograph is assessed in terms of the accuracy of its use of historical materials in support of policy analysis and development. One of the key questions considered here is whether historical depictions which are impelled by an explicit interest in policy applications can become inherently distorted by that interest. This author concludes that the three- era framework proposed by Kelling and Moore -- comprised of the so-called political, reform, and community periods -- failed to examine the prevailing social context or to recognize the interplay of change and continuity in social institutions, roles, values, structures, economics, technology, or political development. He also contends that the descriptions of the nature of the first two eras does not necessarily suggest that the third era -- community policing -- must follow. 28 references
Main Term(s): Police reform
Index Term(s): Community policing; History of policing; Police-citizen interactions
Note: Police Forum, 1991, 1(1): 1-9. Reprinted with permission of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.