Congruities and Differences Among Major Stakeholders' Perceptions of Neighborhood Problems and the Contents of Community Policing

Melchor C. De Guzman, Indiana University - South Bend

Community policing requires a collaborative partnership between the police and the community. This partnership requires a meeting of the minds among key actors. This paper explored the congruities and differences among the key stakeholders regarding problems in their neighborhoods and their perceived contents of community policing. Using different data collection methods, the perceptions of the police, neighborhood leaders, and the citizens regarding neighborhood problems and practices of community policing in the City of South Bend were comparatively analyzed. The data suggested that the different sectors had significantly different perceptions about the magnitude of problems in the neighborhoods. The results also suggest that different stakeholders have different perceptions about the contents of community policing.

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