Building Police/Community Relations through Virtual Communities

Building Police/Community Relations through Virtual Communities

Susan A. Baim (Miami University Middletown, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-553-5.ch057
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Abstract

Over the past two decades, police departments around the globe have been involved in a slow, but steady transition from call-based policing to community-oriented policing. The former approach, while effective at closing cases once a crime has occurred, does little to develop crime prevention partnerships between officers on the beat and the citizens of local communities. Community-oriented policing serves to increase awareness of issues and potential problems before they occur, thus assisting police departments to provide a more proactive approach to stopping crime within their communities.

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