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Police-Community Relations

NCJ Number
N A Watson
Date Published
174 pages
This pilot edition from the Research and Development Division of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) discusses the history of police-community relations and some basic programs.
Problems of accusations of police brutality, of police harassment, and of police recruitment are discussed in an introductory section that reviews changing mores and emphasizes the need for increased police-community relations and crime prevention techniques. Suggested statements of policy on police methods to enforce the law and on the use of force by police are provided. A section on police-community relations programs discusses the basic premises of such programs, some problems in communication, and some complaints against police including brutality, differential treatment of blacks, overpolicing in minority districts, improper policing of demonstrations, use of black officers, and lack of confidence in police. Complaints by police officers are also listed. Another section suggests ways to get a police-community relations program started, including selecting the participants, preparing the agenda, forming an advisory committee, developing a task orientation, selecting short-term and long-term projects, and expanding services. Other sections discuss the police department's internal police-community relations unit, complaint review procedures, human relations training for police, and a checklist for police administrators. A bibliography of 27 references is appended. Organization charts for police departments of varying size are given, and an appendix lists items related to police-community relations.