The WSU RCPI is putting together a collection of original policy papers which address community policing issues from perspectives which are particularly contemporary, unique, or provide food for thought. The intent of the policy paper series is to provide information to police officials to help develop, implement, and evaluate their community policing initiative. You may either view and print the policy papers online or download them to your computer in Portable Document Format (pdf). To view the downloaded pdf papers you will need the helper application Adobe Acrobat Reader which is available for free if you do not already have it. (Simply "click" the Adobe Acrobat Reader hypertext to go to their download site.) New files will be continually added.

Permission is granted to download and reproduce any of the following documents, in whole or in part, provided that full attribution is given to the document s author and the Wichita State University Regional Community Policing Institute. Simply "click" the hypertext of the document s title to begin downloading. We would be interested in a short e-mail describing any use of the documents.

  • Policies and Practices Related to Juvenile Curfew

    Authors: Andra Bannister, Wichita State University David L. Carter, Michigan State University, Joseph Shafer, Southern Illinois University

    This paper is based on a national study of juvenile curfews. Results discuss the frequency curfews are used, the effects of curfews, police curfew enforcement practices, and related issues.

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  • Community Survey

    Author: David L. Carter, Michigan State University

    This is a model survey containing questions which may be useful to understanding issues and concerns within the community. Since this is a model survey, it is recommended that questions be used as guidelines only. Relevant questions can be selected out of the survey and modified as necessary to best apply to your community.

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  • Police Employee Survey

    Author: David L. Carter, Michigan State University

    This is a model survey containing questions which may be useful to understanding issues and concerns among sworn and nonsworn police employees with respect to a change toward community policing. Since this is a model survey, it is recommended that questions be used as guidelines only. Relevant questions can be selected out of the survey and modified as necessary to best apply to your community.

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  • Perspectives on the Community Policing Philosophy

    Authors: David L. Carter, Michigan State University

    This papers discusses issues related to the conceptual foundation of the community policing philosophy. It seeks to demonstrate that the change in policing philosophy is consistent with changes in other social arenas, particularly medicine, the auto industry, and general management philosophy. The paper s intent is to demonstrate that the movement toward community policing is driven by changes in the larger society but is also based on experimentation in policing to determine what works and what does not.

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  • The Community Policing Needs Assessment of Kansas and Nebraska

    Authors: Andra Bannister, RCPI, Wichita State University

    This report provides the results of a needs assessment survey and focus group results to determine issues of rural community policing and specific training needs in Kansas and Nebraska. The document includes the survey instrument, raw data results, comments, and data interpretations.

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  • Considerations in Program Development and Evaluation in Community Policing

    Author: David L. Carter, Michigan State University

    This paper describes some of the fundamental steps in planning and developing a community policing initiative in a police department. Also included is a description of factors (variables) and processes useful in evaluating specific programs or the community policing initiative overall.

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  • Human Resource Issues and Community Policing

    Author: David L. Carter, Michigan State University

    This paper examines fundamental issues related to employing people who would make "the best" community police officers as well as personnel development which best supports the community policing philosophy. Also included are discussions of higher education and policing, labor relations issues, performance evaluation, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. The paper is intended to be a primer.

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  • Community Policing and Political Posturing: Playing the Game

    Author: David L. Carter, Michigan State University

    The movement in law enforcement toward community-based policing has prompted debate about such things as broadening the police mission, empowering officers, the effects of community policing on the police role as a government department, and the difficulty of organizational change. While inferred by the literature, community policing as a political dynamic has had limited discussion. Specifically, this paper discusses a range of variables which relate to managing change in light of politics as related to community policing.

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  • Reflections on the Move to Community Policing

    Author: David L. Carter, Michigan State University

    An eclectic approach to providing "reflections" is presented in this paper. The author presents a nontraditional discussion of critical junctures and initiatives in the history of policing. For example, the lessons of failure in police patrol research from Kansas City and the unfulfilled opportunities from Project STAR and the Integrated Criminal Apprehension Program. The paper also examines the distinct development of Problem Oriented Policing and Neighborhood Foot Patrol, arguing how they have cooperatively emerged as community policing. Other factors relating to the development of community policing are discussed ranging from the difficulty of changing patrol officer behavior to the effects of quality management on community policing to the role of patrol-related research in the community policing movement. The paper concludes with some observations on contemporary and future issues related to the role and effectiveness of community policing.

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  • Youth Crime Suppression Programs

    Author: David L. Carter, Michigan State University

    This paper discusses some of the critical research on youth crime, describing the results of the research and its implications for youth crime suppression policies.

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