An Evaluation of Citizen Perceptions of Community Policing Related Activities in Rural Oklahoma.

Michael L. Birzer, Washburn University
Michael J. Brand, University of Oklahoma

Much of the evaluation research that has assessed community oriented policing strategies has primarily been conducted in large urban communities. The objective of the present research was to access community oriented policing in a small and rural Oklahoma town. A survey was administered to citizens (n=299) prior to the implementation of community oriented policing, and a post survey was administered (n=275) two years after the implementation of community oriented policing. The survey addressed four main areas, (1) citizen concerns; (2) citizen perception of safety; (3) quality of police services, and (4) quality of drug related services. The data revealed that the citizens' attitudes and perception after the implementation of community oriented policing were unchanged in most categories with the exception of mean differences in the quality of drug related services, and concerns about residential burglaries. The paper addresses implications, issues and concerns regarding community oriented policing strategies in small and rural communities.

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