College

College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-04 14:21:54

Major

Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Honors Course

Indp Study: Emergency Mgmt (2235:497-001)

Number of Credits

2

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Summer 2020

Abstract

The Community Policing Model, despite being one of the most revered strategies used by police departments to interact with the general public, has presented several significant problems that trouble today's police officers. Its effectiveness toward improving the police-community relationship has come into question, justifying further research. However, this analysis must be completed in a multitude of geographical areas to show whether or not community policing is effective for the various demographics in those specific areas. This paper explores the effectiveness of the Community Policing Model as it is implemented by police departments in Northeast Ohio. An in-depth analysis on the history of community policing was used to identify its most significant downfalls and areas for potential improvement. Two surveys, one targeting community members and the other targeting commissioned police officers, were conducted and then compared to determine the effectiveness of community policing in Northeast Ohio from two different viewpoints. It was found that, while both community members and police officers feel that community policing is an effective law enforcement tool, there are still significant steps that police departments can take to help improve the police-community relationship as a compliment to having a community-based policing approach. In addition, participants in both surveys were given the opportunity to make suggestions on areas of improvement, which police departments can consider implementing to help improve their community policing strategy and better serve the citizens of Northeast Ohio.

Research Sponsor

Robert Schwartz

First Reader

David Licate

Second Reader

Stacy Willett

Honors Faculty Advisor

Sarah Hoge

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