Journal Article

<i>Continuing the Discussion on Community Policing, Issue 2</i>Carry on Constable? Revaluing Foot Patrol

Alison Wakefield

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 1, issue 3, pages 342-355
Published in print January 2007 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online September 2007 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI:
Continuing the Discussion on Community Policing, Issue 2Carry on Constable? Revaluing Foot Patrol

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At a time when proactive policing delivered by means of foot patrol is being restored to the fore in British policing, the aim of this paper is to discuss whether the public is getting the return that it might expect from foot patrol. It draws on social survey evidence to illuminate the policing outcomes, interventions and approaches that the public typically associate with foot patrol, equating to a proactive, non-threatening, community-oriented approach to local policing. The paper then describes a secondary appraisal of published studies of foot patrol interventions by the police or other agencies, conducted to explore how far patrols meet such expectations. It concludes that these not only addressed public demand but also helped reassert the symbolic function of policing as a sign of social order. Additionally, a plea is made for more, and better, research on public expectations of policing.

Journal Article.  7123 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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