Title: An Inside Look at Community Policing Reform: Definitions, Organizational Changes, and Evaluation Findings

Citation: Rosenbaum, P. Dennis., Lurigo, J. Arthur. (1994). Crime & Delinquency, 40 (3), 299-314.

Keywords: Components of Community Policing, Problem Solving Practices, Cooperative Partnerships, Community Policing Tactics

The concept of community policing is the latest reform experiment in policing. Community policing has evolved from a general dissatisfaction of traditional police practices due to the limitations of traditional police practices. The effectiveness of motorized patrols and rapid routine strategies, to name a few, are some of the criticisms geared toward traditional police practices. However, the concept of community policing is lacking definite form and in police organizations there are many methods of implementation. These methods take the form of neighborhood mini-stations, foot patrols, and police organizing outreach strategies. External and internal factors have hampered the success of implementing community-policing strategies to the entire police organization. According to the authors’ findings, community policing can have a positive impact on communities’ perceptions of police officers and residents.