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Identification of a Community's Prioritization of its Police Services in Light of Proposition 13 Budget Reduction.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Historically, police departments were derived from society and were as much a part of it as the cohesiveness and interdependence that defines the human community. As policemen became recognized as a unique social group, they began to counteract their segregation by establishing specialized programs to link themselves with elements in the community. These efforts are the basis of contemporary Police-Community Relations programs. Innovative programs and basic police services lead to a wide range of modern police responsibility. The need for organization and integration of these services into the community is the focus of this thesis. Californias Proposition 13 provided the impetus for an administrative determination regarding specific reductions in the services provided by a police department. The community of Davis, California was surveyed to involve the community in determining the type of non-criminal police services necessary, the degree of these services desired, and the prioritization of the services. Public prioritization not only provides a valuable administrative tool, but it also dovetails the police department and its services with community needs. Also, this method provides police with a means to organize their various services and Police-Community Relations programs into an integrated response to community-wide needs. Author
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