Community Policing and Organisational Readiness: Training and Policy Implications

Ramesh Deosaran, The University of the West Indies

This panel presents results from a survey of the entire police service of a Caribbean country (Trinidad and Tobago) and which is a follow up to a previous study on organisational readiness of this police service. The present survey examines the attitudes and dispositions towards community policing as a relatively new programme for police officers. Areas of strengths and weaknesses in terms of, for example, organizational rigidity, opposing attitudes for the law enforcement approach or other forms of psychological resistance are configured to form a basis for dealing with the general problem of organisational and personnel transformation. In other words, the study seeks to show that while community policing is widely supported by popular rhetoric, there are serious gaps within the police organisation itself in accompanying and implementing the major features of community policing. This gap needs to be treated as a matter of priority.

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