“Don't Drink the Kool-Aid”: On the Resistance to Community Policing

Steve Herbert

in Citizens, Cops, and Power

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780226327303
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226327358 | DOI:
“Don't Drink the Kool-Aid”: On the Resistance to Community Policing

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This chapter examines the cultural orientations and practices of the police that most potently shape their approach to the citizenry. It investigates how different actors within the bureaucracy work in relative isolation to attain an independent measure of prestige and explores the common narrative officers employ to understand criminality. The analysis suggests that these dynamics lead officers to resist many of the dicta of community policing, most notably the ideal of communal efficacy.

Keywords: police; citizenry; bureaucracy; criminality; communal policing; communal efficacy

Chapter.  6559 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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