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Community policing, urban population, crime, feasibility, police


Law | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Statistics


This thesis examines whether community policing is feasible for cities of less than 500,000 people and for cities more than 500,000 people. This is a very timely topic because with the recent increase in pressure to cut funds, police departments will have to do more for citizens with less resources. I will argue that the violent crimes occurring can be better solved by a more proactive approach from the police. This thesis was researched with the effort of various interviews and background reading. In order to look at a diverse population, the cities of Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, M.D.; and Newport News, V.A. were chosen as case studies. The research resulted in determining that community policing is possible in cities with a population of less than 500,000 people and cities with a population of more than 500,000 people.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Sociology and Anthropology