Does Community Policing Build Community?: Resident Perceptions of the Coproduction Process

Jason D. Scott, University at Albany
David E. Duffee, University at Albany
Brian C. Renauer, Portland State University

Some proponents of community policing have argued that the coproduction aspect of this reform can enhance the capacity of neighborhood residents to organize around issues of public safety. Our ability to assess this claim has been limited by the paucity of theory and empirical research linking the process of community policing to neighborhood social capacity and collective behavior. In addition, there have been few attempts to assess these relationships from the perspective of the neighborhood resident. This paper will present a theoretical framework for understanding these relationships. We will test several hypotheses that link specific police-community interactions with neighborhood-level outcomes using data from a city-wide survey of neighborhood organizations.

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