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.
|Commitee:||Fitzjarrell, Shauna, Garski, Sara|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|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|
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