Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Assessing police-citizen communication by identifying perceptions of community policing styles and effectiveness
by Ward, Kyle L., D.M., University of Phoenix, 2013, 168; 3570216
Abstract (Summary)

Community policing is a philosophy that promotes mutual partnerships between the police and community members to address public safety issues (Traina, 2010). When community policing is successful, it can reduce crime by allowing the police and public to share ideas and programs (Somerville, 2009). Traditional law enforcement is largely a reactive process with its primary focus on emergency response rather than seeking solutions to prevent or reduce crime (Sun & Triplett, 2008). The general problem has been the existence of police-citizen communication barriers that hinder the prevention, reduction, and solving of crimes. The specific problem is that police-citizen communications/relations have prevented the understanding, use, and effectiveness of community policing efforts (Schneider, Rowell, & Bezdikian, 2003). As the Bureau of Justice Statistics (2003) stated, 37% of residents in 12 cities reported seeing police interacting with neighborhood members, and only 24% of respondents observed police implementing crime-prevention and community participation activities. The purpose of this nonexperimental, quantitative research study was to analyze the difference, if any, between police and citizens’ perceptions of community policing styles and effectiveness in Clark County, Nevada. The results of this study revealed a generalized need for improving the understanding, use, and efficiency of community policing programs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fox, Theresa
Commitee: Fitzjarrell, Shauna, Garski, Sara
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Management
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 74/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Communication, Criminology
Keywords: Community policing, Crime, Law enforcement, Police-citizen communication
Publication Number: 3570216
ISBN: 978-1-303-13169-1
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