Challenges to supervision in community policing: observations on a pilot project

D. Weisburd, J. McElroy, P. Hardyman

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While most scholars recognize that community policing has serious implications for police supervisors, researchers have not focused systematic attention on this issue. Relying upon observations conducted during a study of the pilot phase of the Community Patrol Officer Program in New York City, we focus on three supervisory responsibilities: monitoring how community police officers spend their time; overseeing proactive patrol strategies to guard against abuses of authority; and monitoring officer/citizen contacts to prevent corruption. Our research illustrates the new supervision problems faced in community policing, as well as potential adjustments that can be made by field supervisors to address these problems. (Author abstract)
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)29-50
Number of pages22
JournalAmerican Journal of Police
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1988


  • COMMUNITY policing
  • New York
  • Police reform


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