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Title: A question of style : identifying the conditions that help or hinder the development of community policing
Author: Brookes, Stephen M.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3481 5820
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2004
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Community policing is not a new phenomenon. It has antecedents that can be traced back to the origins of policing itself. In spite of this long history, the concept of community policing has proved difficult to understand. As long ago as 1829 the Commissioners for the new Metropolitan Police put prevention as a top priority stating that "to this great end every effort must be directed". However, preventative policing has always remained the poor relation of enforcement policing. The reason for this is as much to do with political priorities as with policing cultures and sub cultures. There is reason for optimism in relation to recent policing policies. Working in partnership with other agencies, engaging in problem solving activity with those agencies and members of the community and aligning local police officers to local communities have been stated priorities of police forces for a number of years. In many cases however this remains rhetoric rather than reality. This thesis seeks to identify the factors that help or hinder the development of community policing. The study started from the premise that an ideal model of community policing could be identified. It concludes that such an ideal model cannot be defined but that it is possible to identify the critical success factors for community policing as well as the conditions that need to exist, both within police forces and the external environment, which enable these factors to help shape a policing style that is conducive to community based policing. One such condition is an informed and engaged political context. With a focus on key legislative change the future of community policing looks more promising. As well as looking at factors external to policing this study also focuses on factors within police organisations. It concludes that a community based policing style is one in which the police, agencies and the community work together in both defining and designing responses to local community problems.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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