Community Safety and Community Policing: Achieving Local and National Accountability

Community Safety and Community Policing: Achieving Local and National Accountability

This essay draws on the concept of embedded policing to argue that community safety rather than community policing must be achieved through the proliferation of civil ordering and injury prevention programmes. This should be coordinated by a Community Safety Forum within which community policing is one of the components of ordering: a Community Policing Charter is proposed, specifying police service standards and methods of implementation. Finally, it is argued that bottom-up initiatives will not succeed unless they hook into a workable national accountability system that creates "circles of power" through which individuals and communities achieve and maintain political leverage.

 

Community Safety and Community Policing_ Achieving Local and National Accountability
Victor Nell
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Victor Nell is Director of Research at the University of South Africa's Institute for Social and Health Sciences

Gerald Williamson
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Gerald Williamson is a Clinical Psychologist working in private practice

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