Exploring Officers' Acceptance of Community Policing

Kenneth J. Novak, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Leanne Fiftal Alarid, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Wayne L. Lucas, University of Missouri - Kansas City

ABSTRACT
Previous studies have found mixed or conflicting results regarding the relationship of officers' attributes and acceptance of community policing, as well as the relationship between officers' attributes and job satisfaction. This research examined: (1) the factors which influence acceptance of the community policing philosophy, and (2) the factors which influence officers' satisfaction with community policing activities. Surveys were which influence officers' satisfaction with community policing activities. Surveys were administered at roll calls by researchers to a total of 445 officers of all departmental ranks. We found that officers who supported different problem solving tactics and officers who were non-white were more likely to support the concepts of community policing. However, engaging in community policing projects and rank were unrelated to garnering support for community policing on a department wide scale.

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