community policing, fairness in criminal justice, problem solving justice, community experiments


This essay examines some of the problems widely perceived to exist within the criminal justice system. Our experience is that when both the community and the police communicate and become more involved with each other, notable successes have transpired. The strategy of community policing affords the police agency, and through it the community at large, a chance for problem-solving every time an officer responds to an incident. This is in contrast to what is now considered traditional policing, whereby a 911 operator, removed from the scene of the incident, dispatches officers and then urges them to move on as soon as the emergent motive of the incident has been treated.

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