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Support for community policing versus traditional policing among nonmetropolitan police officers: a survey of four New Mexico police departments

L. Thomas Winfree (New Mexico State University)
Gregory M. Bartku (University of Nebraska, Omaha)
George Seibel (Morton College)

American Journal of Police

ISSN: 0735-8547

Article publication date: 1 June 1996

Abstract

Looks at policing in small to medium departments in nonmetropolitan areas. Describes the level and sources of support for traditional and community policing activities. Finds that highly educated and long‐serving officers had lower levels of police solidarity (social cohesiveness); conversely the higher the police solidarity, the lower the level of police professionalism. Traditional policing and CP were seen as separate but related aspects and higher expenditure on the former aspect was supported. Suggests that officers are not in favor of funding CP at the expense of traditional policing. Finds that well‐educated officers are less supportive of police solidarity and of CP. Points out that although the officers surveyed were based in relatively isolated communities they did not unequivocally support CP.

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Winfree, L.T., Bartku, G.M. and Seibel, G. (1996), "Support for community policing versus traditional policing among nonmetropolitan police officers: a survey of four New Mexico police departments", American Journal of Police, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 23-50. https://doi.org/10.1108/07358549610148036

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