The Changing Face of Community Policing: a Comparison of 1993 and 1997 National Survey Results

Lorie A. Fridell, Police Executive Research Forum
Arlen Rosenthal, Macro International, Inc.
Mark Dantzker, University of Texas - Pan American

Macro International, Inc. (ORC Macro) with the assistance of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), conducted a large-scale survey of law enforcement agencies which was designed to update and build upon information collected in a 1993 study of community policing strategies. Over 1600 local agencies responded to the survey. In this paper, the authors will present the highlights of the study, focusing on the changes that have occurred between 1992 and 1997, with regard to: the extent to which community policing has been adopted nationally; executives' perspectives of community policing; and the characteristics, organizational arrangements, programs and practices of community policing agencies. Authors will also compare agencies with and without community policing on various programs, practices and outcomes.

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