Title: Accreditation and Community Policing: Passing Fads or Basic Reforms?

Citation: Sykes, W. Gary. (March 1994). Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 10 (1), 1-16.

Keywords: Reform Movement, Accreditation Movement, Management Practices

This paper explores how an era in law enforcement is coming to a close as agencies attempt to build a more sensitive and closer partnership with the communities they serve. An analysis of this trend is explored in this article and assesses its relative significance as a reform movement. The road for this reform will be a difficult road with numerous questions that must be addressed. The accreditation movement will be one complication that community policing must place in proper perspective. The author suggests that a change in management practices in law enforcement will largely determine whether community policing changes the basic paradigm in law enforcement or simply becomes an improvement to the status quo.