Community Policing

5th Edition

A Contemporary Perspective

Authors: Victor Kappeler Larry Gaines
Paperback ISBN: 9781593455118
Imprint: Anderson
Published Date: 1st March 2009
Page Count: 400


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Community Policing: A Contemporary Perspective, Fifth Edition, discusses the history and nature of community policing. Community policing is a philosophy that has transformed the way the American police have engaged the public. The police and the community began working together to address a variety of community-related issues such as crime, disorder, quality of life, and neighborhood concerns. Community policing also enables the police to bring real-life problems to government authorities with the power to develop meaningful public policy and provide the services needed by communities. The book discusses topics such as the philosophical and structural foundations of community policing, the history of communities and policing, the changing meaning of community, public perception of the police, and the management and implementation of community policing. It outlines the 10 principles of community policing. It describes community-policing initiatives in cities across the United States, including Albany, New York; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Lansing, Michigan; and San Antonio, Texas. It also provides a number of problem-solving case studies.

Key Features

  • Includes ten principles of community policing, profiles in community policing, and problem-solving case studies.

Table of Contents

In Memory — Robert C. Trojanowicz Acknowledgments Preface Chapter 1 – The Idea of Community Policing The Community Policing Revolution The Philosophical and Structural Facets of Community Policing The Philosophical Facet The Organizational and Personnel Facet The Strategic Facet The Programmatic Facet What Community Policing Does Not Constitute Reconciling Law Enforcement with Community Policing Summary References Chapter 2 – A History of Communities and Policing The Lessons of History The British Roots of Policing Colonial Law Enforcement in Cities and Towns The Rise of Municipal Police Frontier Justice Vigilantism Twentieth-Century Policing Police Reform in the 1930s The Police and Minorities Initial Attempts to Reach the Community The Challenge of the Late 1960s The Birth of Community Policing A Summary of the Lessons Learned and Mistakes Not to Be Repeated References Chapter 3 – The Changing Meaning of Community The Importance of Definitions A History of the Meaning of Community Assaults on Community The Technological and Corporate Divide How Community Policing Can Build a Sense of Community Summary References Chapter 4 – The Police and Public Perception Peoples’ Attitudes toward the Police Age and Perception of Police Race and Perception of Police Gender and Perception of Police Socioeconomic Status and Perception of Police Personal Experience and Perception of Police Barriers to a Police—Community Partnership Excessive Force Police Corruption Rudeness Authoritarianism Politics Summary References Chapter 5 – Managing and Implementing Community Policing Organizing the Police Principles of Organization and Police Administration Classical Organization Principles Organizing


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About the Author

Victor Kappeler

Victor E. Kappeler, a former police officer, is a Foundation Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He is recognized as a leading scholar in such fields as policing, media, and the social construction of crime, and police civil liability, among other related fields. Dr. Kappeler continues to provide in-service training for police officers and is well published in professional areas of policing. Among many other honors, Kappeler received the 2006 Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety Award for Academic Excellence and the 2005 Outstanding Criminal Justice Alumnus Award from Sam Houston State University, where he earned his doctoral degree, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Critical Criminology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Eastern Kentucky University, USA

Larry Gaines

Larry K. Gaines is professor and chair of the Criminal Justice Department at California State University-San Bernardino. He served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police for 14 years and has consulted with a variety of police agencies in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, and California. Dr. Gaines has served as Secretary Treasurer and President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He has received many awards, including the Founders Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Outstanding Educator Award from the Southern Criminal Justice Association, and the Outstanding Service Award from the Police Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2001, he served as a member of the California POST Committee that developed police training curricula for racial profiling.

Affiliations and Expertise

California State University, San Bernardino, USA