Development of Interactive Web Sites to Enhance Police/Community Relations

Development of Interactive Web Sites to Enhance Police/Community Relations

Susan A. Baim (Miami University Middletown, USA)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-93177-749-0.ch014
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Abstract

This chapter discusses research conducted to determine the feasibility of introducing police Web sites and virtual communities as new tools in the move toward community-oriented policing. Using citizen satisfaction surveys designed to evaluate police department performance in three Ohio cities, a profile of future citizen expectations regarding interactions with the police is constructed. Based on differences in the demographics of the cities’ populations, probabilities of success in implementing online communications with the police are assigned. A model for establishing a virtual community for the Trenton, Ohio Police is explored in light of the survey results and established community-oriented policing theory.

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