Community Policing in a Rural Setting book cover

Community Policing in a Rural Setting

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.


Published: June 2005

Imprint: Anderson Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-58360-534-9


  • 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


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