Assessing Citizen-Police Academies

Joseph F. Donnermeyer, The Ohio State University
Elaine Margaret Barclay, University of New England

This paper reports on the results of a survey of nearly 600 graduates of citizen-police academies from 17 communities throughout Ohio. Citizen-police academies are a recently adopted innovation among police agencies that represents a slow but continuous movement of American law enforcement toward a greater emphasis on community-based policing. This paper summarizes the specific assessment of citizen-police academy graduates and their sense of safety in the community.

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