Community policing has been a buzzword in Anglo-American policing for the last two decades, somewhat vague in its definition but generally considered to be a good thing. In the UK the notion of community policing conveys a consensual policing style, offering an alternative to past public order and crimefighting styles. In the US community policing represents the dominant ideology of policing as reflected in a myriad of urban schemes and funding practices, the new orthodoxy in North American policing policy-making, strategies and tactic. But it has also become a massive export to non-western societies where it has been adopted in many countries, in the face of scant evidence of its appropriateness in very different contexts and surroundings.
- critical analysis of concept of community policing worldwide
- assesses evidence for its effectiveness, especially in the USA and UK
- highlights often inappropriate export of community policing models to failed and transitional societies.
Table of Contents
1. Globalising Community-oriented Policing Part 1: Community Policing − Models and Critiques 2. Community-oriented Policing − the Anglo-American Model 3. Anglo-American Community Policing − Ten Myths 4. Community Policing on the Asian Pacific Rim 5. Aspects of Community Policing in the European Union and in Western Europe Part 2: Community Policing in Transitional and Failed Societies 6. South Africa: The Failure of Community Policing 7. Community Policing in Transitional Societies 8. Community Policing in Failed Societies 9. Creating Community Policing in Northern Ireland 10. Community Policing and Democratic Policing
'This is an enlightening and stimulating book which is exciting considerable interest and will be influential for some time to come.' − Tom Williamson (from a review in British Society of Criminology Newsletter, no. 58, September 2005)