Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An executive community outreach program (ECOP) and the ability of local law enforcement to share information with the Muslim community in central New Jersey
by Zecca, Angelo L., D.Sc., New Jersey City University, 2015, 165; 3730737
Abstract (Summary)

Research on the relationship between policing and homeland security has focused on issues associated with the gathering of information related to potential acts of terror such as crime mapping and environmental design such as CompStat, intelligence-gathering activities and methodologies, and effective reporting methods. However, there seems to be insufficient research focusing on methodologies and systems leading to the “natural” sharing of information that can be converted into actionable intelligence between law enforcement and faith-based organizations such as the Muslim-American community. This research considers an organized cultural competency program of sharing and community-building between local police and a specific faith-based community, in which the emphasis is on an overall cultural shift where all members of the agency and community have the opportunity to interact outside of their regular duty-related interactions; such as, patrol functions, responding to emergencies, and the enforcement of ordinances and laws. By implementing a long-term, interactive program facilitated by a cultural competency committee, based on feasible activities, it would appear that closer, personal relationships develop where police and community members get to “know each other,” rather than attempting to reactively “deal” with each other when placed in an incident or unexpected interaction. By implementing a program that has all members of law enforcement and congregants taking part, and evaluating the interaction on a regular basis, community leaders and their constituents become more trustful and informed when an incident does occur.

In this study, the Executive Community Outreach Program (ECOP) is implemented with the South Brunswick Police Department and Islamic Society of Central Jersey under the guidance of a representative Cultural Competency Committee. An effective program serves to develop effective relationships that lead to greater information-sharing and the identification of potential threats and vulnerabilities, as well as a stronger and closer community. Based on the research, an organized process by which local law enforcement and the Muslim community may develop effective relationships in order to share information would seem to be a prudent course of inquiry

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Krantz, Michael S.
Commitee: Soo Hoo, Tsung Y. (Bill), Wiltsey, Michael T.
School: New Jersey City University
Department: Professional Security Studies
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: DAI-A 77/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Management, Public administration
Keywords: Community outreach, Executive Community Outreach Program, Law enforcement, Muslim community, New Jersey
Publication Number: 3730737
ISBN: 978-1-339-17057-2
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