Understanding Community Policing:A Framework for Action

Understanding Community Policing:A Framework for Action

images (13)Bureau of Justice Assistance
August 1994
NCJ 148457

Introducing Community Policing
The movement toward community policing has gained momentum in recent years as police and community leaders search for more effective ways to promote public safety and to enhance the quality of life in their neighborhoods.
Chiefs,sheriffs,and other policing officials are currently assessing what changes in orientation,organization,and operations will allow them to benefit the communities they serve by improving the quality of the services they provide.Community policing encompasses a variety of philosophical and practical approaches and is still evolving rapidly.Community policing strategies vary depending on the needs and responses of the communities involved;however,certain basic principles and considerations are common to all community policing efforts.To date,no succinct overview of community policing exists for practitioners who want to learn to use this wide-ranging approach to address the problems of crime and disorder in their communities.Understanding Community Policing,prepared by the Community Policing Consortium, is the beginning of an effort to bring community policing into focus.The document,while not a final product,assembles and examines the critical components of community policing to help foster the learning process and to structure the experimentation and modification required to make community policing work.Established and funded by the U.S.Department of Justice,Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA),the Community Policing Consortium includes representatives from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP),the National Sheriffs’Association,the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and the Police

Understanding Community Policing:A Framework for Action

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