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The conceptual ambiguity of community in community policing – Filtering the muddy waters

Mark E. Correia (Department of Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Article publication date: 1 June 2000

Abstract

Community policing, which appears to have captured the interest of many criminal justice professionals and scholars, places strong emphasis on police/community relations. To date, however, little attention has focused on the underlying theoretical foundation of this evolving policing strategy. This paper attempts to contribute to the ongoing discourse by examining the parallels between communitarianism and community policing, and by doing so, assist in refining the current definitional ambiguity surrounding the concept of community. In the end, the author works toward a moderating resolution to the inherent tensions of the rights‐based and community‐seeking presuppositions.

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Correia, M.E. (2000), "The conceptual ambiguity of community in community policing – Filtering the muddy waters", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 23 No. 2, pp. 218-233. https://doi.org/10.1108/13639510010333840

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