Police/community relations in high-crime communities have been a common topic for criminologists and policy makers across the globe. In societies with diasporic histories and culturally unique positions on crime and criminality, the challenge for individuals tasked with the responsibility of devising strategies to address identified problems is more a matter of understanding social spaces set apart from mainstream positions informing outsider policies and practices intended to address insider issues. This chapter provides a context for understanding the realities of police and the policed from a marginalized community in Trinidad and Tobago, the country with one of the highest crime indexes in the world. It prepares readers for further discussions about problematic police/community interactions.
KeywordsPolicing Police/community relations Trinidad and Tobago Mainstream
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