Community Policing in
Small Cities and Rural Areas
Policing Beyond the Big Cities, a report from the National Institute
of Justice, discusses a study of eight law enforcement agencies in small-
to medium-size cities and rural areas in California, Idaho, and South Dakota.
Researchers identified five progressive stages of community policing and
found a wide array of innovative problem-solving initiatives undertaken by
officers and sheriffs. Community policing was most successful when officers
worked closely with residents and other community partners to design and
implement creative approaches to solve specific local problems.