November 1, 1988
Publication:
Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, John F. Kennedy School of Government
This essay presents an interpretation of police history that may help police executives considering alternative future strategies of policing. The authors argue that a dominant trend guiding today's police executives is carrying the police away from achieving their maximum potential, especially in effective crime fighting. This trend can be reversed only by refocusing police attention from the pursuit of professional autonomy to the establishment of effective problem solving partnership with the communities they police.
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