Evaluating Police-Community Relations Globally

  • James F. Albrecht


Since the inception of the policing profession in the 1820s, Sir Robert Peel envisioned an entity that was reliant on public input and involvement in the prioritization of police organizational responsibilities and tasks. However, many have alleged that the police are mere pawns of the political or royal elite, and that criminal laws have been created and police officials have been deployed to control the lower classes and minority and other under-represented groups. This is made clearest when public perceptions of the police have been evaluated. Almost consistently, members of minority groups and those socio-economically challenged have conveyed lower and diminished opinions of law enforcement. The concepts of ‘trust’ and ‘confidence’ in the police will be evaluated and contemporary viewpoints will be outlined.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James F. Albrecht
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  1. 1.Department of Criminal Justice and Homeland SecurityPace UniversityNew YorkUSA

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