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Community policing and socialcapital

Nathan W. Pino (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia, USA)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Article publication date: 1 June 2001



This paper argues for the utilization of the social capital concept in studying, evaluating, or implementing community oriented policing (COP) strategies. Social capital is helpful in measuring COP implementation effectiveness because it is central to COP issues such as trust and genuine dialogue between different groups, the ability to collectively tap into various resources, and the ability of individuals to work together to solve various problems. Findings from a study conducted in Iowa utilizing focus group and interview methodology demonstrate that COP cannot be successful without the existence of social capital building among and between the citizenry, the police, and other public and private organizations.



Pino, N.W. (2001), "Community policing and socialcapital", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 24 No. 2, pp. 200-215.




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