Neighborhood Culture, Crime and the Police: Understanding the Importance of Neighborhood Culture on Pllicing

Mark E. Correia, University of Nevada - Reno

Recently, more attention has been given to developing a better understanding of the role neighborhood culture has in the development and maintenance of criminal behavior. Moreover, the ability of police to develop productive partnerships with neighborhood areas appears to be related to the culture of the area. Still, little is known, however, of the relationship between race/ethnicity, neighborhood culture (i.e., sense of community, social cohesion, social capital, collective efficacy) crime and the police. In an effort to build upon existing research, the current study focuses on this relationship. Along with census data and official crime reports, door-to-door and telephone surveys were administered to residents throughout Neighborhood Groups in Reno, Nevada. Results and policy implications are discussed.

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