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Quo Vadis: A New Direction for Police Leadership Through Community Engagement?

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The police service is facing a crisis of public confidence amidst a range of current challenges. The service is being faced, not only, with political and fiscal challenges, but cultural, structural, and societal issues have threatened the principles of policing by consent and legitimacy. The crisis can be seen to be the result of failed leadership and policing strategies over decades, and the danger is that there will be more of the same. A new model of policing that recognises the value of engaging communities to re-build confidence and assist in the single mission of reducing crime is called for. Community engagement depends on leadership in the police service being driven down, and on relationship building leveraging social capital based on ‘trust, norms and networks’. This chapter examines the challenges and explores what needs to be done to make this happen.

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Fisher, A., Phillips, J. (2015). Quo Vadis: A New Direction for Police Leadership Through Community Engagement?. In: Wankhade, P., Weir, D. (eds) Police Services. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16568-4_3

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