Title: Challenges to Supervision in Community Policing: Observations On A Pilot Project

Citation: Weisburd, David., McElroy, Jerome., Hardyman, Patricia. (1988) American Journal Of Police, 7 (2), 29-50.

Keywords: Supervisory Responsibilities, Organizational Changes, Operational Changes

The concept of community policing calls for several operational and organizational changes that are consistent with the military model of supervision which predominantly encompasses most urban police departments. While most research recognizes that community policing has serious implications for police supervisors, researchers have not directed research on this issue. Relying on observations conducted during a study of he pilot phase of the Community Patrol Officer Program in New York City, the authors focus on three supervisory responsibilities; monitoring how community police officers spend their time; overseeing proactive patrol strategies to guard against abuses of authority; and monitoring officer/citizen contacts to prevent corruption. This article illustrates the new supervision problems that arise with community policing, as well as potential adjustments that can be made by field supervisors to address these problems.