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NCJ Number: 99244 Find in a Library
Title: Police-Community Power Sharing (From Police Leadership in America, P 70-83, 1985, William A Geller, ed. - See NCJ-98325)
Author(s): L P Brown
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The author, the Houston police chief, is committed to the following principles: (1) police collaboration with the community in planning operations and evaluating performance, (2) total departmental involvement in police-community relations, and (3) power sharing with the community.
Abstract: The police chief sets the example and creates the atmosphere for departmental interest in developing police-community relationships. Informing the public about crime causes and police limitations in addressing those causes without citizen cooperation can motivate the community toward a collective sense of responsibility for crime control. Police chiefs are responsible for developing structures and procedures that facilitate citizen input for departmental operations. Houston has instituted a Police-Community Positive Interaction program, having as its primary goal the development of police and citizen awareness of their respective roles and responsibilities in maintaining public order. A police advisory committee, composed of representatives of citywide organizations, advises the chief on programs, policies, and procedures that affect police-community relations. Citizens may also provide continuous input for police policymaking in the areas of personnel allocation, selective enforcement, and patrol levels in particular neighborhoods. Collaborative structures and procedures must provide for police-citizen proactive as well as reactive planning and facilitate police work with existing community organizations and the establishment of new neighborhood organizations. Community outreach programs should involve the chart indicates strategies of the Houston police department to improve police-community cooperation. Five notes are provided.
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Police community relations programs; Police management; Public information; Texas
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