Community Policing and Crime Prevention: A Model for a Mid-Sized Suburban Police Department

Charles R. Barth, Governors State University
Jagan R. Lingamneni, Governors State University

Community Policing and Crime Prevention are inter-related concepts that when properly coordinated can help to form a partnership between the police and the community. This partnership will help to reduce criminal opportunities, fear of victimization, and help to increase the quality of life in a community. In order to implement such a program, police departments must adopt a new philosophy, which must include greater flexibility among the officers in decision-making. The various elements within the police department must be brought into a coordinated program along with residents, business owners, community leaders, municipal leaders, and the media.

There has been a great deal of literature and media attention for big-city police departments and their community policing efforts, however, not nearly as much has been done to address the problems faced by mid-sized suburban police departments. In the wake of a burgeoning new-construction industry, the suburbs are growing at an alarming rate. Although similar principles of policing may be applied, big-city policing solutions do not necessarily work in the suburbs. This model explores how suburban police departments can use the creativity of their personnel along with the resources of their residents, municipality, and other agencies to deal with their unique problems

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Updated 05/20/2006