Community Policing and Problem-Oriented Policing Essay

1414 Words May 9th, 2008 6 Pages
Although many may find community policing and problem-oriented policing to fall in the same category, there is (surprisingly) a difference between the two. For one, community policing has many definitions. For some, it means instituting foot and bicycle patrols and doing acts pertaining to the ideal bond between police officers and their community. While for others it means maintaining order and cleaning up neighborhoods in desperate need of repair (Dunham & Alpert, 2005). However, an idyllic definition of community policing is altering the traditional definition of crime control to community problem-solving and promising to transform the way police do their job. Within the past two decades, there has been much research on community …show more content…
The concept of the SARA model is one of the few reasons why there is an actual difference between problem-oriented policing and community policing. On the contrary to being a supposed successful approach, POP has its disadvantages. There are many conflicts for police and police agencies as far as the implementation of POP is concerned. It usually represents a revolutionary change in procedures, and this can provide those who implement it with provocative material for books and speaking engagements (Goldstein, 1979). Also, just because the administration is content in enforcing a new approach to policing, does not mean that the rank-and-file officers share the same attitude. This can be due to a lack of clarity with respect to organizational goals. Ambiguous goals can lead to stress and frustration. Another possible source of rank-and-file discontent is the conflict between the administration's community policing mandate and the continuing need to respond to calls for service. It all comes down to the concept of “fear of change.” If things have been run a certain way for years and years

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