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NCJ Number: 157341 Find in a Library
Title: Best Defense
Author(s): D H Bayley
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 930
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report discusses the concerns of urban police chiefs about the possibility of civil disorders, explains the role of community policing in preventing and addressing this problem, and suggests 11 ways in which community policing can directly address some of the circumstances that underlie outbreaks of collective violence.
Abstract: Interviews with police executives in Australia, Canada, and the United States during the past 3 years reveal major anxiety about the likelihood of rioting and the lack of police agency preparation to deal with it. Community policing represents a powerful means of preventing collective violence through consultation between police and local neighborhoods, adaptation of strategies to fit the needs of particular neighborhoods, and mobilization of all community resources to solve or at least reduced enduring problems in the community. The crucial operational steps needed for community policing to prevent collective violence include the fulltime assignment of uniformed police officers to beats manageable by foot, police officers' establishment of networks of neighborhood contacts, the creation of precinct and neighborhood committees to discuss problems and priorities with police. Additional recommendations and 13 references
Main Term(s): Community policing
Index Term(s): Civil disorders; Collective violence; Future trends; Riot control; Riot prevention
Note: From Fresh Perspectives
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