Despite the strong identification of community policing with foot patrols, some proponents and observers still prefer a loose definition of community policing which assumes reciprocity between officers and citizens, area decentralization of command (but not necessarily of the wider police organizational structure) and increased civilianization of the police force, all having in common the rationale that the police must involve the community in its activities (see Skolnick and Bayley, 1986). This loose definition is further articulated in an even more elusive way in the ten principles of community policing as developed by Trojanowicz and Bucqueroux (1990a: xiii–xv) or those developed by Alderson (1979: ix). They see community policing as leading to the greater involvement of officers with citizens, preventing apathy and restraining vigilantism, and resulting in what may be viewed as (more) humane policing.
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