Citizen and Police Perceptions oof Neighborhood Problems

Melissa Winesburg-Ankrom, University of Cincinnati
Julie Kiernan, University of Cincinnati
James Frank, University of Cincinnati

This study examines citizen and police perceptions of neighborhood problems using data from 48 Cincinnati neighborhoods. Problem-solving should focus on those issues that are of mutual concern to both the police and the public. If police do not focus on problems that are of mutual concern to the police and public, citizen perceptions of police may be less than satisfactory. Therefore, it may be difficult to attain a sense of community cohesion within a neighborhood. The paper examines the consistency of police and citizen perceptions of problems regarding crime and disorder.

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Updated 05/20/2006