Enacting the CPO role: Findings from the New York city pilot program in community policing

David L. Weisburd, John F. McElroy

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The CPO Program was introduced as a pilot involving 9 beats consisting of 12 to 30 square blocks each, starting in July 1984. The Vera Institute of Justice defined the CPO role in terms of four dimensions: planner, problem solver, community organizer, and information link. The evaluation data came from structured and unstructured interviews with the CPOs and the supervising sergeant and from observation of the officers during their patrol work. Findings showed that officers became more involved in enforcement actions that was initially expected by program planners and even by the officers themselves. Although CPOs were successful in using existing community organizations, they were generally unsuccessful in developing new community groups or in obtaining followup assistance from community members. Findings indicate that the social disorganization that police officers confront is not easily transformed into the kind of community organization envisioned by the community policing philosophy
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationCommunity policing
Subtitle of host publicationRhetoric or reality
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 1988


  • Community policing
  • Police
  • United States
  • الولايات المتحدة
  • ארצות הברית
  • الشرطة
  • שיטור קהילתי
  • משטרה


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