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NCJ Number: 193011 Find in a Library
Title: Policing the Contemporary City: Fixing Broken Windows or Shoring up Neo-Liberalism?
Journal: Theoretical Criminology  Volume:5  Issue:4  Dated:November 2001  Pages:445-466
Author(s): Steve Herbert
Date Published: November 2001
Page Count: 22
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article discusses the reasons why broken windows (order maintenance) policing and not community policing emerged as the dominant approach to urban policing in recent decades.
Abstract: Broken windows and community policing are the two main models for reforming contemporary police agencies. These police reforms have some common features. However, they differ significantly in the level of citizen oversight they envision. Broken windows meshes more comfortably than does community policing with the established patterns of thought in three realms: (1) police culture and organization, (2) wider cultural understandings of crime and deviance, and (3) political dynamics. Thus, the broken windows approach was able to supplant community policing as the main reform movement. One reason for the lack of genuine police reform is the unfortunate popular conflation of community policing-windows policing. The conflation of broken windows policing and community policing means that little significant change will occur in police agencies despite the lack of evidence indicating that broken windows policing reduces crime. As a result, policing will emphasize the separation of respectable citizens from the disorderly, define disadvantaged communities as sites of trouble rather than sites of tribulation, prefer punishment over public assistance, and reinforce the status quo. The analysis concludes that the dominance of order maintenance in policing has major consequences for the operations and oversight of police agencies. Notes and 68 references
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Community policing; Crime control policies; Disorderly conduct; Nuisance abatement programs; Police management; Public nuisance
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