The Diffusion of Community Policing: A Further Exploration

Roger B. Parks, Indiana University

In a presentation delivered at the 2000 Annual Meeting I reported that community policing policies, programs, and activities are more prevalent in departments (1) that serve larger jurisdictions with more mobile populations, (2) whose chief's definition of community policing includes community linkages, and (3) where the chief's goals include increasing citizen participation and influence in their neighborhoods. Further, police chief's are somewhat more likely to express these attitudes and goals when they see a model department, and when their department seves a larger, disadvantaged, and mobile population. In a paper for the 2001 Meeting I will build on these results to include tests for whether jurisdiction crime rates and receipt of COPS Office funding serve to further explain engagement in community policing activities.

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Updated 05/20/2006