Keeping Community Contacts

Nigel Fielding

in Community Policing

Published in print November 1995 | ISBN: 9780198260271
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682087 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Keeping Community Contacts

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This chapter discusses the maintenance of community contacts. The ‘costs’ of maintaining contacts, even with those deemed respectable, should not be underestimated. Officers must attune to the expectations of a variety of people, from individuals on their beat to representatives of local agencies and groups. Maintaining working relationships with representatives of organizations ostensibly sharing core concerns with the police requires its own kind of forbearance, as with youth and community workers involved in multi-agency programmes on ‘problem’ estates. The multi-agency approach is established policy in respect of a range of social problems and it is worth examining an instance to get an idea of the limits and potential of such ongoing co-operation in respect of order maintenance policing.

Keywords: groups; contacts; community

Chapter.  9895 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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