Determinants of citizen support for community-oriented policing
The extent to which community members are willing to cooperate with the police and become involved with various community crime prevention programs depends on citizen perceptions of the police and of the community in which they reside. The purpose of the present study is to explore factors that affect support for community policing in a small rural city. Findings revealed that the majority of respondents supported community policing. Using community survey data collected from over 400 citizens in a small metropolitan area in the intermountain West, this study also explored the importance of demographic factors, community characteristics, and public perceptions and experiences with police in predicting citizens’ support for community policing. Citizen support for community-oriented policing varied somewhat by demographic factors (i.e., gender, education), and by community characteristics (i.e., disorder, social cohesion).
Heeuk D. Lee, David Kim, Youngki Woo & Bradford W. Reyns (2019) Determinants of citizen support for community-oriented policing, Police Practice and Research, 20:1, 34-47, DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2017.1396459
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