A cardinal tenet of community policing is that a new relationship between police and neighborhood is required if the quality of residential and commercial life is to be protected or improved in cities. This raises questions about what a neighborhood is and about its role and relationships with the police.
This paper addresses these questions by focusing on three aspects of neighborhoods
(1) the neighborhood as polity
(2) the ability of a neighborhood to defend itself against crimes and disorders without eliminating civility and justice from social relations there
(3) alternate version of the role of municipal police in neighborhoods.