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Policing Communities: Understanding Crime and Solving Problems

An Anthology

Edited by Ronald W. Glensor, Mark E. Correia, and Kenneth J. Peak

Publication Date - 01 November 1999

ISBN: 9780195329810

344 pages
6-7/8 x 9-3/16 inches

This anthology introduces students to the dynamic, rapidly changing field of Community-Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS).


This anthology introduces students to the dynamic, rapidly changing field of Community-Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS). The context of community crime and its causes are brought to the forefront in this collection of articles by leading academics and practitioners.

Coverage includes such diverse topics as:

* The evolution of policing.
* The role of citizens in social control, crime prevention, and prevention strategies.
* What police officers need to know about crime.
* The major changes required for organizations to successfully implement community policing.
* The role of the community as well as public and private agencies in the movement toward COPPS.
* Criminological factors which contribute to crime and disorder in our communities.
* Articles on mobilizing communities.
* Future trends in community policing.

Despite the widespread implementation of community-oriented policing, its success has varied significantly from locale to locale. Policing Communities emphasizes (1) the role that the community plays in developing effective strategies for controlling and preventing crime, (2) new methods the police are using to examine the context of crime, and (3) procedures that agencies are using to implement COPPS. Brief, thought-provoking introductions are provided for each article, framing the piece in a larger context. These introductions serve as a useful "road map" for students.

Table of Contents

    Part I: The Emergence of a New Policing
    1. Improving Policing: A Problem-Oriented Approach, H. Goldstein
    2. Acquiring a Taste for Order: The Community and the Police, G. L. Kelling
    3. The New Police Order: Effectiveness, Equity, and Efficiency in Community Policing, J. Eck and D. P. Rosenbaum
    4. The Changing Role of the Police: Assessing the Current Transition to Community Policing, D. P. Rosenbaum
    Part II: Mobilizing Communities Toward the Control and Prevention of Crime
    5. Building a Responsive Community, J. Gardner
    6. Social Capital and a Sense of Community Building: Building Social Cohesion, M. Correia
    7. Neighborhood Disorder, Integration and the Fear of Crime, E. F. McGarrell, A. Giacomazzi, and Q. Thurman
    8. Implementing the Challenges in Community Policing: Innovative Neighborhood-Oriented Policing in Eight Cities, S. Sadd and R. Grinc
    9. Lasting Impact: Maintaining Neighborhood Order, R. W. Glensor and K. J. Peak
    Part III: Street-Level Criminology: What Police Need to Know About Crime
    10. Sitting Ducks, Ravenous Wolves, and Helping Hands: New Approaches to Urban Policing, W. Spelman and J. Eck
    11. Defining the Hot Spots of Crime, M. E. Burger, E. G. Cohn, and A. J. Petrosino
    12. Catching Career Criminals, S. Martin and L. Sherman
    13. Focusing on Prey Rather Than Predators: A Problem-Oriented Response to Victimization, R. Glensor, K. Peak, and M. Correia
    14. Physical Environment and Crime, R. Taylor and A. Harrell
    15. Situational Crime Prevention: Successful Studies, R. Clarke
    Part IV: Implementing Change in Police Departments
    16. Community-Oriented Policing Across the U.S.: Facilitators and Impediments to Implementation, J. Zhao, Q. Thurman, and N. Lovrich
    17. Implementing Change: Community-Oriented Policing and Problem Solving, R. Glensor and K. Peak
    18. Winning the Hearts and Minds of Police Officers: An Assessment of Staff Perceptions of Community Policing and Problem Solving, A. Lurgio and W. Skogan
    19. Toward a Practical Approach to Organizational Change: Community Policing Initiatives in Six Cities, D. Weisel and J. Eck
    20. Citizen Perceptions of Community Policing: Are Attitudes Towards Police Important? M. D. Reisig and A. L. Giacomazzi
    21. Community Policing Evaluation, D. L. Carter and A. D. Sapp
    Part V: Epilogue: Future Trends and Challenges
    22. The Current State and Future of Community Policing, W. L. Tafoya
    23. Future Issues in Policing: Challenges for Leaders, S. Greenberg

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