M.A. in Public Relations
Public Relations & Advertising
College of Communication & Creative Arts
FitzGerald, Suzanne Sparks
Community policing--New Jersey--Gloucester County
Public Relations and Advertising
Community Policing has become a driving management strategy in many police departments throughout the United States. Police officers are being asked to form long-lasting relationships with community members so both publics can more easily work together to solve community and crime issues This study's purpose was to determine the efficacy of community policing as it relates to both patrol officers and residents to determine what public relations skills may assist future community policing initiatives. A patrol officer survey was designed and distributed to 24 municipal police departments. 394 surveys were delivered with 199 usable respondents. Officers were asked to give their responses on community policing from questions based on the Likert scale. Surveys were also collected from 199 residents throughout Gloucester County, NJ.
The major findings include: Officers in Gloucester County, New Jersey agree with community policing. Half of the community members surveyed thought police were effective communicators and almost no officers had any public relations or community policing training.
Finnimore, Ian J., "The efficacy of community policing: a community relations case study of Gloucester County, New Jersey patrol officers and residents" (1999). Theses and Dissertations. 1798.