Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-08 17:11:21


Criminal Intelligence Analysis

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2023


Community-oriented policing (COP) is a policing philosophy that emphasizes the partnership and positive relationship between the police and the community. This paper discusses the importance of COP and its implementation in police departments. Decentralization and community engagement are key components of COP, which can be challenging to implement due to various barriers. Some of the challenges include resistance to change from law enforcement agencies, lack of resources, and a lack of community trust in the police. Additionally, there can be a disconnect between the goals of COP and the traditional law enforcement model, which can make it difficult for some officers to adapt. Despite these challenges, however, COP has been shown to be effective in improving public safety and reducing crime rates. Therefore, it is important to continue to work towards implementing COP successfully. This paper concludes by offering recommendations for how law enforcement agencies can overcome these challenges to implement COP successfully.

Research Sponsor

Dr. David Licate

First Reader

Dr. Lia Wiley

Second Reader

Professor Sarah St. George

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. David Licate

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