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Title: Community Policing in Action!: A Practitioner's Eye View of Organizational Change
Author(s): Andrea Schneider
Date Published: June 2003
Page Count: 99
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
Washington, DC 20530
Grant Number: 2000-CX-WX-K112
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
Two Constitutional Square
145 N Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20530
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|PDF (Multiple Files)|Text
Agency Summary: 
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document presents the challenges and obstacles to implementing the organizational changes of community policing in a modern law enforcement agency.
Abstract: Community policing is based on the idea that partnerships between police and citizens will help increase public safety and reduce crime. Community policing requires a complex and challenging mix of changes to a police department’s organizational culture and structure. For a community policing change to last within a law enforcement organization, the nature of the organization itself must change from a hierarchical, traditional organization to a problem-solving based agency. This report examines the results of the Advancing Community Policing (ACP) Grant Program established by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) in 1997 to help law enforcement agencies overcome obstacles and build the necessary infrastructure to strengthen and institutionalize their community policing programs. Nine ACP grantee sites are examined to serve as a working resource for agencies implementing or considering implementing community policing initiatives. Although each grantee’s experience was different, some shared characteristics of organization change emerged during the study. The critical elements of each project were accountability; performance evaluations; increased organizational capacity; communication; community oriented government; customized services to fit the location; engaging and investing in mid-level management; leadership; networking, connecting, and learning; resources; time for change; unions; and vendor selection. Perhaps the most powerful lesson from the ACP program is that one of the most important elements of successful organizational change is careful attention to the process of change, as opposed to focusing solely on its intended results. Successful ACP-funded efforts involved committed and energetic personnel, active support from elected officials, communities that became active stakeholders and supporters, changes to policies and procedures, and participation of other government and social service agencies in the resolution of community problems. 7 notes, 4 appendices
Main Term(s): Community policing; Program implementation
Index Term(s): Police community relations programs; Police effectiveness; Police resource allocation; Police-citizen interactions; Policing innovation; Problem-Oriented Policing
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