Community Policing in a Rural Setting


  • Quint Thurman
  • Edmund McGarrell

The authors provide stepping stones for rural and small-town agencies to make the organizational changes needed for community policing to take hold. The book introduces the concept of community policing and its many benefits to the agencies and communities that adopt it. Important issues discussed include the challenge of organizational change, as well as examples of community policing obstacles and successes, and the future of community policing in the 21st century.
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Book information

  • Published: June 2005
  • ISBN: 978-1-58360-534-9

Table of Contents

Section I: The Challenges of Community Policing in Rural and Small-Town America

1. Community Policing in a Rural Setting: An Introduction

2. Operationalizing Community Policing in Rural America: Sense and Nonsense

3. The State of Community Policing in Small Towns and Rural Areas

4. Facilitators and Obstacles to Community Policing in Rural America

Section II: Organizational Change and Community Policing

5. Assessing the Need for Organizational Change in Rural American Police Agencies

6. The Work Routines and Citizen Interactions of Small-Town and Rural Police Officers

7. Celebrating Agency Culture: Engaging a Traditional Cop’s Heart in Organizational Change

8. Getting to Know Your Employees Better

9. Linking the Right Person to the Right Job: Selecting, Training, and Retaining Officers to Do Community Policing

Section III: The Community Role in Community Policing

10. The Police and Community Organizing

11. The Benefits of Community Policing in Rural Oklahoma

12. Getting to Know Your Community Through Citizen Surveys and Focus Group Interviews

13. Problem-Solving Auto Theft in Unincorporated Hillsborough County, Florida

14. Innovative Community Crime Prevention: An Overview of the Mountlake Terrace Neutral Zone-AmeriCorps Program

Section IV: Rural Community Policing and the Future

15. Future Challenges: The Urbanization of Rural America

Appendix A: Police Department Employee Survey Instrument

Appendix B: Police Department Employee Focus Group Questionnaire

Appendix C: Community Survey Instrument

Appendix D: Community Focus Group Questionnaire