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ERIC Number: ED050248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 65
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Police-Community Relations. Criminal Justice Monograph, Volume I, Number 5.
Clark, Bernard J.
Recent social unrest has widened the communications gap between police and community. Police-community relations programs are designed to establish a better relationship and understanding between police officers and the citizens. This requires coordination with schools and other community agencies in providing information on the goals and operation of the police department. First, however, police officers themselves must be convinced that such a program is part of their function and that any changes in the status quo will be positive. Also, the program must not compromise the autonomy of the police in enforcing the law, especially when special interest groups try to achieve preferential treatment. By overcoming these obstacles, a police-community relations program can result in a smoother relationship with the community, reduced crime rates, and a more professional police department with a better image in the community. (BH)
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Authoring Institution: Sam Houston State Univ., Huntsville, TX. Inst. of Contemporary Corrections and the Behavioral Sciences.