Title: Toward a Practical Approach to Organizational Change Community Policing Initiatives in Six Cities

Citation: Weisel, Lamm. Deborah., Eck, E. John. (1994). Toward a Practical Approach to Organizational Change Community Policing Initiatives in Six Cities, P. 53-74 in D.P. Rosenbaum, ed. The Challenge of Community Policing: Testing the Promise. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Keywords: Community Policing Initiatives, Implementation Issues, Future of Community Policing

This chapter focuses on the findings of a comprehensive study of community policing that began with an extensive review of the attributes and activities associated with community policing. From these attributes a study was conducted in six municipal agencies. Information was collected on the actual practices and styles of community policing in Las Vegas, Nevada; Edmonton, Alberta; Philadelphia; Santa Barbara, California; Savannah, Georgia; and New Port News, Virginia. According to the authors relevant factors that shape city’s community policing initiatives in these cities were the motivation for community policing, the political structure, dynamics of the city including the relationship between elections and crime rates, and the police organizational culture.

This particular chapter primarily looks at how these different agencies approached and strategically planned their implementation of community policing. The chapter also provides an evaluation of the impact of these various community policing activities in these agencies. The chapter concludes by examining line officers perceptions of the future of community policing in these agencies.