Portland State University. Department of Administration of Justice.
Charles A. Tracy
Date of Publication
Master of Science in Administration (MSA)
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Community policing -- Oregon -- Portland
1 online resource (iv, 92 p.)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate Portland, Oregon's community policing policy by using focus groups to discuss the development and effectiveness over one year, Spring 1994 to Spring 1995. The group discussed included management level social service providers and was one piece of a large scale program evaluation. The collected data developed into six major categories: 1) personnel policies and institutional memory; 2) training; 3) consistency; 4) community involvement and responsibility; 5) partnerships or relationships, and 6) change over time. The most highly discussed issue was the discrepancy between the philosophy of the Bureau, community policing, and the way in which the Bureau moves personnel. Data analysis suggested that the level of confidence and support felt by social service providers has increased dramatically over one year. Although, the group participants still have many issues they would like to see resolved, all recognize this is a process that takes time. Generally, community policing has rooted itself and established a footing with the social service providers who are committed to assisting in the molding and development of community policing as well as providing resources to assist in that Journey.
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Ostrogorsky, Tanya Leigh, "An Exploratory Inquiry into Community Policing Using Focus Groups: Perspectives from Social Service Providers" (1996). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5151.