Community Policing
“Community Policing: Origins, Concepts and Implementation.”
2008. In T. Williamson (ed.), The Handbook of Knowledge-
Based Policing: Current Conceptions and Future Directions.
London, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 43–57.


Police departments across the United States report that they have
adopted community policing, an organizational strategy which
supplements traditional emphasize new roles for the public. While
there are competing models, community policing is surely one of the
most important developments in American policing in the past half-
century. It is a model of policing which has been adopted elsewhere,
including Canada, Australia and the UK. Chapters in this book review
parallel movements in other nations as well. This chapter focuses on
developments in the United States. It first presents a brief history of
developments that led up to community policing there. Then it reviews
the three core concepts that make up community policing, and
describes how these concepts have been turned into concrete
programs. The chapter concludes with questions about the future of
community policing. Throughout, it draws heavily on my experience in
evaluating community programs in a number of cities, as well as on
research by others.
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