Community Policing in Poland - The PCP Formula

Maria (Maki) Haberfeld, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Piotr Walancik, Polish National Police
Aaron Uydess, AMU Consultants
Elizabeth Bartels, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

During the years 1999-2001, the researchers surveyed thousands of Polish police officers and hundreds of students, in an attempt to evaluate and establish the needs and desires of the police and the public. The surveys were supplemented with in-depth interviews with police officers, students, media representatives, and local politicians. The conclusions derived from the research point to a phenomenon the authors refer to as the PCP Formula. The PCP usually connotes an acronym for an illicit substance, a hallucinogen, whose users fequently exhibit an irrational and bizarre behavior, with a lessen ability to discriminate between fact and fantasy. The PCP in this paper represents the three entities probed by the researchers in Poland: the Police, the Community, and the Politicians. Similar to the illicit substance, the combination of these three produces an irrational and sometime erratic approach to policing, in a country where the path towards fully-fledged democratic policing still lacks a consistent and structural approach, one that would clearly differentiate between fact and fantasy.

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Updated 05/20/2006