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Introduction: Understanding Police Innovation

Introduction: Understanding Police Innovation

Over the last three decades American policing has gone through a period of significant change and innovation. In what is a relatively short historical time frame the police began to reconsider their fundamental mission, the nature of the core strategies of policing, and the character of their
relationships with the communities that they serve. Innovations in policing in this period were not insular and restricted to police professionals and scholars, but were often seen on the front pages of America’s newspapers and magazines, and spoken about in the electronic media. Some
approaches, like broken windows policing – termed by some as zero tolerance policing – became the subject of heated political debate. Community policing, one of the most important police programs that emerged in this period, was even to give its name to a large federal agency – The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services – created by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.

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Weisburd, David, and Anthony Braga. 2006. "Introduction: Understanding Police Innovation." In Police Innovation: Contrasting Perspectives, eds. David Weisburd and Anthony A. Braga. Cambridge:Cambridge University Press, 1-26.

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David Weisburd
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