Evolution of Community Policing From Theory to Implementation: A Process Evaluation

This book examines the evolution of the concept of community policing and the theory of broken windows (introduced by James Q. Wilson and George Kelling in a 1982 Atlantic Monthly article). The work makes policy recommendations for the future of policing in a post-September 11 world.

From the Foreword:
“. . . a substantial contribution to the public policy debate . . . Readers, be they front-line police officers, those occupying leadership positions in police departments, elected or appointive city officials, academic researchers, or simply civic-engaged citizens, will profit enormously from Professor’s Weiss’s thoughtful, integrative, and challenging conclusions.”
– Prof. Ralph A. Rossum, Claremont McKenna College


Author's Abstract:
This work outlines the theoretical and conceptual groundwork, reviews the literature, and presents a broader descriptive picture of what community policing looks like in fifty-one of the larger cities across the United States. It is an in-depth qualitative analysis of four cities across the U.S. that have engaged in community policing: San Diego , Chicago , Newark , and Lowell. It then proposes taking community policing to the next level of application.

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