Community Police and Community Courts

Reginald Fluellen, University at Albany

The paper looks at interaction patterns between community police officers and representatives from a community court program. It describes how interaction differs across police ranks (senior officers supporting interaction with the court, while front line officers are reluctant to interact) and the reasons for the differences. The paper relies on data from a larger study that looked at the interaction among community police officers, neighborhood prosecutors and the community court. After a preliminary description of the nature and goal of the interactions that occurred, this paper theorizes about what factors affect interaction among these justice practitioners and how this interaction might affect residents' participation in public safety.

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Updated 05/20/2006