Citizen perceptions of community policing: Are attitudes toward police important?

Michael D. Reisig, Andrew L. Giacomazzi

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Abstract

This study assessed citizen attitudes toward police performance and their perceptions of policing strategy in a small, northwestern town. At the neighbourhood-level, significant differences in attitudes toward police performance (i.e. officer demeanour and citizen-police relations) were revealed; however, variations in perceptions of community policing initiatives (i.e. collaborative police-community partnerships) were not observed. At the individual-level, results showed that attitudes toward police performance were not significant determinants of citizen perceptions of community policing. This evidence suggested that citizens were receptive to the idea of co-production of order, and specifically of partnerships between residents and the police to address neighbourhood crime-related issues. As such, these findings call into question the long standing assumption that positive attitudes toward police are a necessary precursor to the establishment of meaningful, co-operative ties between citizens and the police.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-561
Number of pages15
JournalPolicing
Volume21
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Citizen perceptions of community policing : Are attitudes toward police important? / Reisig, Michael D.; Giacomazzi, Andrew L.

In: Policing, Vol. 21, No. 3, 1998, p. 547-561.

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