Beyond 911: A New Era for Policing

Malcolm K. Sparrow, Author, Mark H. Moore, With, David M. Kennedy, With Basic Books $22.95 (269p) ISBN 978-0-465-00675-5
The authors, faculty members of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, here trace the development of so-called reform policing, an influential strategy of law enforcement during much of this century. It involves removing police officers from their street beats, putting them in patrol cars and relying on calls to 911 to set them into action. This approach is now under attack--it is seen as purely reactive and often ineffective, for police frequently arrive late at the scene. Instead the authors recommend community policing (also called neighborhood policing), in which law officers seek direction from citizens. Veteran cops tend to resist the new approach, dismissing it as social work, but in their important, stubbornly unpolemical work Sparrow, Moore and Kennedy argue that it is the wave of the future, and clearly outline steps by which this practice can be implemented. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/1990
Release date: 11/01/1990
Paperback - 284 pages - 978-0-465-00676-2
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