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NCJ Number: 168857 Find in a Library
Title: Community Policing: Reducing Fear of Crime on Campus
Journal: Campus Law Enforcement Journal  Volume:26  Issue:3  Dated:May/June 1996  Pages:21-23
Author(s): A D Powers
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 3
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In August 1995, the administration of Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) created a formal program of community policing and embarked on an initiative to allay community fears.
Abstract: First, a mountain bike unit was created to supplement patrol and make officers more accessible to the public without compromising response time. Second, an officer was reassigned from regular patrol to a newly created position as community relations officer. The purpose was to have a uniformed officer, free from patrol responsibilities, who could focus full-time attention on organizing community relations efforts for the department. Next, all officers were permanently assigned to one of the three patrol districts on campus. The most radical change the department initiated in its efforts to embrace community policing was the assignment of a patrol officer to a full-time position as community relations officer. The first goal of the community relations officer was to establish open lines of communication between the police department and the community. Overall, the community-oriented policing program has brought officers closer to the public served. This expanded role has helped police address problems often left unreported in the past. The police hope this is leading to a reduction in fear of crime on the part of students, faculty, and staff.
Main Term(s): Community policing
Index Term(s): Campus crime; Campus police; Campus Security; Fear of crime
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