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Perceptions of community policing in a small town

  • Rudy K. Prine
  • Chet Ballard
  • Deborah M. Robinson
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Abstract

Much of the information regarding community policing is based upon research conducted in large urban areas. In contrast, this article utilizes survey data to examine resident perceptions of community-policing practices in a small southern town. Low response rates from minority citizens, along with the negative impressions reported by minority participants, point to race as a major concern. Black respondents are less willing to trust the police, express greater dissatisfaction with the police, and grade the police significantly lower than do white participants. Interestingly, community-policing measures do not appear to enhance perceptions of the police. Suggestions for future research are offered.

Keywords

Community Police Minority Participant Southern Criminal Justice Association Local Police Department Small Jurisdiction 
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© Southern Criminal Justice Association 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudy K. Prine
    • 1
  • Chet Ballard
    • 1
  • Deborah M. Robinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal JusticeValdosta State UniversityValdosta

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