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NCJ Number: 156998 Find in a Library
Title: Predictions for Policing in the 1990s
Journal: RCMP Gazette  Volume:57  Issue:8  Dated:(August 1995)  Pages:6-10
Author(s): J Seagrave
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: This study tried to assess whether police officers in British Columbia are moving toward the goal of community policing by interviewing chief constables and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Officers in Charge about their visions of the future of policing over the rest of the decade.
Abstract: Fifty-two percent of the respondents to this survey voiced the need to move in the direction of community policing; a sizeable proportion noted the economic benefits of community policing for their departments. An additional 13 percent of respondents supported a regionalized form of community policing. Other respondents emphasized the need for more officers, technology, training, and equipment; attitudinal changes in government to increase support for the police; and reform of the entire criminal justice system. The benefits of community policing may include improved morale, enhanced career development, increased consensus, greater job satisfaction and professionalism, and cost containment. However, a move toward community policing requires the transformation of a hierarchical, conservative organization into one that employs the principles of strategic planning, participatory management, and decentralization of authority. 13 notes
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): British Columbia; Community policing; Future of policing; Police attitudes; Royal Canadian Mounted Police
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