Title: Community-Oriented Research in an Era of Community-Oriented Policing

Citation: Thurman, C. Quint., Reisg, D. Michael. (1996, March & April), American Behavioral Scientist, 39 (5), 570-586.

Keywords: Evaluating Community-Oriented Policing, Scientific Techniques to Obtain Knowledge, Assessing Community-Oriented Services

Community-oriented policing involves incorporating the public and local governments in the process of identifying and resolving crime-related problems. According to the authors law enforcement no longer view citizens as only potential victims of crime and witness to crime, but rather, allies for solving and preventing crimes. The article provided a discussion of how police executives and local officials can apply social scientific techniques to obtain more information and access community accountability. Other areas discussed involve a brief discussion of community oriented policing, a review of existing literature on citizensí attitudes on police, and an explanation of the authorsí experiences with using social scientific methods to conduct research at the Washington State Institute for Community Policing (WSICOP). The research conducted by WSICOP was done through a citizen survey instrument and sometimes supplemented with focus group interviews with specific subgroups in the community. According to the authors if police departments and local government follow this approach, then these agencies will be provided a wealth of knowledge for problem identification and problem solving.