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NCJ Number: 67216 Find in a Library
Title: COMMUNITY POLICING IN WEST YORKSHIRE (ENGLAND)
Journal: POLICE JOURNAL  Volume:53  Issue:2  Dated:(APRIL/JUNE 1980)  Pages:154-162
Author(s): D J MCKANE
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 9
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: COMMUNITY CONSTABLES ASSIGNED TO IMPROVERISHED NEIGHBORHOODS IN WEST YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND, WORK IN SOCIAL SERVICE, MAINTAIN ORDER, AND ENFORCE THE LAW.
Abstract: THE COMMUNITY CONSTABLE (CC) SCHEME IS INTENDED TO FOSTER AND DEVELOP A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PUBLIC, ESPECIALLY IN PROBLEM AREAS. REGULAR FOOT PATROLS BY OFFICERS WELL KNOWN IN THE COMMUNITY (SUPPORTED BY CAR PATROLS AND DETECTIVES), SPEARHEAD THE EFFORT. IN A WEST YORKSHIRE MODEL PROGRAM, CCS' WERE ASSIGNED TO AREAS WITH HIGH CRIME AND TRUANCY RATES AS WELL AS A HIGH PROPORTION OF UNCOOPERATIVE AND SOCIALLY-DEPRIVED RESIDENTS. CASE STUDIES SUPPORT THE CONTENTION THAT OFFICERS FAMILIAR WITH THEIR BEATS ARE BETTER ABLE TO ENACT THE MODEL'S MAIN ROLES OF SOCIAL SERVICE, ORDER MAINTENANCE, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. ALTHOUGH MOST OFFICERS SEE THE CC ROLE AS A MARGINAL ACTIVITY, PUBLIC RESPONSE HAS BEEN OVERWHELMINGLY FAVORABLE. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVING POLICE PERCEPTION OF THE CC INCLUDE DEVELOPING A TRAINING PROGRAM WHICH EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SOCIAL SERVICE ROLE, INTEGRATING A MORE DEVELOPED SUPPORT TEAM WITHIN THE FORCE, AND ASSIGNING MOTIVATED OFFICERS TO THE TEAM, CONCOMITANTLY INSTITUTING PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. A TABLE AND TWO FOOTNOTES ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Community support; Constables; England; Low income target groups; Model programs; Police community relations; Police crime-prevention
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