The Politics of Community Policing
Rearranging the Power to Punish
Publication Year: 1999
Published by: University of Michigan Press
Series: Law, Meaning, and Violence
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This study of community policing is motivated by my concern for American democracy. As the decline of community life and the concentration of power in state and corporate bureaucracies intersect with increasingly inescapable violence on urban streets and in our homes, it...
1. Competing Stories about Community and Policing
The beating of Rodney King by several officers from the Los Angeles Police Department drew national attention to the urban crime control problem. In an election year response, President George Bush offered the Justice Department's Weed and Seed Program. The mayor of Seattle saw this as an opportunity to be more responsive to community concerns....
2. Community (Policing)
There are two reasons to take a closer look at the stories about community in community policing. First, community revitalization is central to the logic of stories about community policing. Advocates assume that a more proactive policing of disorder, including fear reduction and problem solving partnerships, will revitalize communities and enable...
3. (Community) Policing
In their National Institute of Justice study, Skolnick and Bayley survey policing reform efforts around the world and conclude that the core of community policing is four general principles: community-based crime prevention, reorientation of patrol, increased police accountability, and decentralization of command.1 These principles are, however, more...
4. Communities and Crime on the South Side of Skid Road
Rainier Valley has had a sometimes difficult relationship with the rest of Seattle. This relationship has contributed to decline and a wide range of citizen activism in the valley around issues of crime and community revitalization-the community component of what the National Institute of Justice later called a model police-community partnership. In this...
5. The Emergence of the South Seattle Crime Prevention Council
The challenge to the possibility of community in modem society is posed starkly around questions of social order. The logic of community policing assumes that contemporary communities can still contribute to the provision of social order. But it is precisely on issues like social order that these modem community organizations have proven most difficult to sustain...
6. Policing Reform in Southeast Seattle
Community policing in Southeast Seattle is a meeting ground for at least two tracks of political reform, one in the police department and another within the communities of southeast Seattle. These two intersecting histories show a department that has always been a powerful local political institution and a long and checkered history of citizen...
7. Reciprocity in Police-Community Partnerships
State-centered stories about community policing can be traced through police failures in managing urban unrest in the 1960s, leading to a series of presidential commissions, each suggesting that poor police-community relations contributed to ineffective policing. The federally funded policing research that followed the 1968 Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act, taken together, challenged several basic...
8. Getting Back to Mayberry
In this final chapter, I summarize and examine the findings of this study. First, I organize this material around an image--Getting Back toy Mayberry--that captures the intersection of community activism and policing reform, state-centered and more decentered stories, and the dialectical relationship between democratic and disciplinary mechanisms of social control in this case. Getting Back to Mayberry is an...
Page Count: 256
Illustrations: 5 drawings, 13 tables, 6 maps
Publication Year: 1999
Series Title: Law, Meaning, and Violence
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