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Community Policing

A Police-Citizen Partnership, 1st Edition

By Michael J. Palmiotto


376 pages

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This textbook discusses the role of community-oriented policing, including the police image, public expectations, ethics in law enforcement, community wellness, civilian review boards, and what the community can do to help decrease crime rates. In addition, the author covers basic interpersonal skills and how these might vary according to the race, sex, age, and socioeconomic group with which the officer is interacting. Finally, students learn how to initiate new programs in a community, from the planning process and community involvement to dealing with management and evaluating program success.


"This book draws on Michael Palmiotto's vast domestic and international expertise and reputation in the area of law enforcement. Here, he provides a clear and readable presentation of relevant issues in community policing doing so in a fashion suitable for students, academicians and practitioners alike."—Larry French, Justiceworks Institute, University of New Hampshire

"A must read book for all students seeking a broad based understanding of the police role in modern society. The guest written international case studies; relationship between the police and social institutions; policing special populations and police operations against trans-national crimes are all novel features useful for class discussions. A book strongly recommended to instructors for classroom adoption."—Arvind Verma, Criminal Justice, Indiana State University

"Saying that Palmiotto’s book is comprehensive is a near record understatement. Finally someone that understands the essential ingredients of community policing has prepared a readable and enjoyable text that includes all of the historical, social, political, and law enforcement perspectives needed to fathom and implement this successful model of policing."—Keith Haley, Criminal Justice, Tiffin University

"The philosophy of Community Policing is an important development away from the traditional policing paradigm. The author identifies not only the philosophy but the importance of ethics and interpersonal skills. It is those skills that allow for diversity to be embraced in order that the citizens can support their police agency."—Brian Kingshott, Criminal Justice, Grand Valley State University

Table of Contents

1. Police History Relevant to Community Policing 2. Understanding Police Culture 3. Police Discretion, Police Misconduct, and Mechanisms to Control Police Misconduct 4. Crime Prevention and Community Policing 5. Concepts, Strategies, Experiments, and Research Findings That Have Influenced Community Policing 6. Communities, Neighborhoods, and Multiculturalism 7. Problem-Oriented Policing 8. Community-Oriented Policing 9. Organizational Change and Community Policing 10. Planning the Implementation of Community Policing 11. Selected Approaches to Training and Planning 12. Distinctive Community Policing Programs 13. The Future of Community Policing

About the Author

Michael J. Palmiotto, Ph.D. is Professor of Criminal Justice at Wichita State University. He is a former police officer in New York State and has experience in establishing and operating a Police Training facility. He has a master’s degree from John Jay College (CUNY) and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Palmiotto has published ten books and numerous articles and book chapters in the criminal justice field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General