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Neighborhood-Oriented Policing in Rural Communities: A Program Planning Guide

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124 pages
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This monograph is targeted at citizens and law enforcement officials in rural and small town settings who are working to redirect police resources to achieve greater effectiveness in handling public safety problems including crime and fear of crime, drug abuse, violence, and disorder. The vehicle through which this is attempted is the Innovative Neighborhood-Oriented Policing in Rural Jurisdictions (Rural INOP) developed and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Although different variations of neighborhood-oriented policing have emerged, most incorporate the same two important ingredients, namely, community engagement and problemsolving. In this monograph, following the introduction, two chapters have an external focus, explaining from the police agency's perspective, how to initiate greater community participation and how to identify and analyze community needs. The two following chapters describe, from a more internal focus, how to take stock and asses police organizational needs and how to implement the decisionmaking process. The final two chapters integrate the external and internal viewpoints and focus on planning, implementation, and evaluation. The monograph also contains information including suggested reading, national resource agencies, problemsolving guides, a sample policy agency mission statement, and suggestions for planning and management. 14 appendixes

Date Published: January 1, 1994