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Community policing, the line officers̕ perspective

Author: Robert C Trojanowicz; Bonnie Pollard; National Neighborhood Foot Patrol Center.
Publisher: [East Lansing, Mich.] : National Neighborhood Foot Patrol Center, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, ©1986.
Series: Community policing series (East Lansing, Mich.), no. 11.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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To obtain line officers' perspectives of community policing strategies, a survey was conducted with 57 foot patrol officers with beats in Flint, Mich., in 1986. Interviews focused on officers' duties, strengths and weaknesses of foot patrol, training, program changes, and police and citizen attitudes toward the foot patrol program. During an average week, officers spent 17.1 hours on patrol, 2.6 hours at community  Read more...
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Trojanowicz, Robert C., 1941-
Community policing, the line officers̕ perspective
(OCoLC)56130063
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert C Trojanowicz; Bonnie Pollard; National Neighborhood Foot Patrol Center.
OCLC Number: 15063171
Description: 35 pages : forms ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Identifying data --
Typical duties and hours spent on specific duties --
Activities that deserve more time --
Strengths and weakness of foot patrol --
Changes in perceptions since motor patrol duty --
Training : actual and ideal --
Traits of a good foot patrol officer --
Feeling of belonging in community --
Benefits in getting to know people --
Help residents will provide officer in trouble --
Personal safety --
Community involvement in criminal justice system today --
Causes of friction between residents and police --
How the criminal justice system affects foot patrol --
Advantages and disadvantages of being in foot patrol --
Effects of politics on the job --
Changes in the program since the beginning --
Residents' perceptions of foot patrol's advantage --
How the program can be improved --
Direct positive changes in community --
Resident's perceptions of the police department since foot patrol --
Conclusion --
Appendix.
Series Title: Community policing series (East Lansing, Mich.), no. 11.
Responsibility: Robert Trojanowicz, Bonnie Pollard.

Abstract:

To obtain line officers' perspectives of community policing strategies, a survey was conducted with 57 foot patrol officers with beats in Flint, Mich., in 1986. Interviews focused on officers' duties, strengths and weaknesses of foot patrol, training, program changes, and police and citizen attitudes toward the foot patrol program. During an average week, officers spent 17.1 hours on patrol, 2.6 hours at community meetings, 6.7 hours handling complaints, 2.2 hours organizing neighborhood groups, 2.2 hours on arrests, and 7.5 hours on other duties. The greatest strength of the program was seen to be the one-to-one, personal contact between officers and citizens; lack of mobility and poor response time were cited as the major weaknesses. Of the 72 percent whose perceptions of the program had changed over time, 93 percent found the program more worthwhile than anticipated. Of officers, 72 percent had received special training. Suggestions for improving training included additional training on laws and ordinances, public speaking and organizational skills, and conflict management. Program changes (reported by 72 percent officers) over time included better organization and supervision, greater accountability, and increasing responsibilities of officers. Overall, findings indicate that officers' attitudes toward the program are positive, that it is viewed as having produced numerous positive changes, and that officers are satisfied with the program. Supplemental research data and a facsimile of the research instrument are appended.

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