Understanding community policing: Knowledge transfer, police perspectives and research

Alistair Henry, Simon Mackenzie

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This presentation will outline work currently being carried out with Lothian and Borders police as part of an AHRC funded knowledge transfer fellowship on community policing. Knowledge transfer involves a two-way exchange of information. The idea is that the project will give police officers the opportunity to learn from the academics about ‘what works’ evidence, theoretical conceptualisations of community policing, and methodological approaches to documenting practice; and that the academics, in turn, will learn about the actual organisational and individual experiences of community policing, its practicalities, challenges and impediments, from those who are charged with delivering it. Possible mechanisms for facilitating and enhancing the process of knowledge transfer will be briefly outlined. The presentation will then review some of the emerging insights from the process by contrasting some findings from a review of the academic community policing literature produced in the early stages of the project with some of the basic perceptions about community policing expressed by officers in initial meetings. It will be argued that the academic and practitioner perspectives have much common ground (including ambiguity over definitions; contradictions at the heart of the role; the challenge of community engagement) and that an ongoing conversation between them has the potential to pose new research questions of mutual interest.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2009

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • community policingknowledge transfer


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