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NCJ Number: 94288 Find in a Library
Title: Police Effectiveness and Public Acceptability (From Future of Policing, P 117-126, 1983, Trevor Bennett, ed. - See NCJ-94282)
Author(s): B Pollard
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: University of Cambridge
Cambridge, CB3 9DT, England
Sale Source: University of Cambridge
Institute of Criminology
7 West Road
Cambridge, CB3 9DT,
United Kingdom
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Effective policing, which involves policing that is acceptable to the public, encompasses mutual accountability, the relationship between police and the community, police and community response to crime prevention, a feeling of security within the community, a sensitive police response to community calls for assistance, and a community understanding of policing and police policy.
Abstract: Effective policing not only involves the efficient and effective performance of law enforcement duties; it also includes the application of priorities and policing methods that are acceptable to the public. This involves mutual accountability in police-citizen interactions. The police must be responsive to public opinion, and the community is accountable for the character of its environment and response to policing issues, policies, and problems. Mutual accountability must be made operational through consultation at the beat level. A consultative committee should bring police and community representatives together to discuss issues of mutual concern and give police the opportunity to explain their reationale for policy and approach. Good community-police relations depend upon the commitment of the divisional commander to being responsive to community needs and perceptions, the maintenance of a stable police presence at street level, and police personnel being composed of the various ethnic and racial groups represented in the community. Effective policing should result in a reduction of reported crime. Such a reduction is not likely to result from the committing of extra police resources to crime detection and prevention but rather through the mobilizing of the community to provide informal crime control mechanisms.
Index Term(s): Accountability; Foreign police/community relations; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Police effectiveness
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