The Simultaneous Emergences of Community Policing and Tactical Policing

Lecture Description

This lecture discusses how and why community policing and tactical policing emerged alongside one another in late-twentieth century America. Recent scholarship has explained this development by arguing that no real differences exist between the two agendas. Community policing, in this framing, is tactical policing in sheep’s clothing. I argue otherwise. Community policing and tactical policing each served opposing political constituencies with very different political aims. Understanding those constituencies and aims reveals why the two philosophies were ultimately able to exist alongside one another.


Crime, Violence, Incarceration

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