1. Project title: What is the role of community policing in the lived experience of residents of Central Harlem in New York City?
Statement of Research Purpose Community policing is a philosophy that promotes the use of organizational strategies to reduce crime, reduce the fear of
crime, and improve the quality of life of impacted residents through the use of partnerships and problem solving techniques. The perceived role of
community policing in the development of the experience of residents of Central Harlem in New York City is explored.
Project Aims/ Research questions:
1. To understand the perceived role of community policing in the development of the experience of Central Harlem residents.
2. To describe the residents experience with community policing efforts to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime, and to improve the residents quality of
3.To explore community members? perceptions of the New York City Police Department stop and frisk? program, a community policing program that has recently
come under public scrutiny.
4. To understand how the police view their tasks from the program policies that they are expected to implement.
5.To understand the level residents awareness of their role in community policing programs.
Proposed methods: The dissertation is aiming to review community perceptions and attitude towards community policing through discuss analysis. By reviewing
existing literature on the New York Police Department model of policing and the community of Central Harlem this research will explore the historical
distrust between the community and the police. Inquiry will include postmodern thought, subjectivity, and thick descriptions as parts of the interpretive
framework. This study will use a qualitative research method to gather existing scholarly literature, policy reviews, and case studies of the gaps between
policy and implementation, and by extension, the impacts on community policing in Central Harlem.
This study on ?what is the role of community policing in the lived experience of residents of Central Harlem, in New York City will be used as a pilot
study for future community that intends to measure aspect of community policing.
In this study, the researcher would like to achieve the following objectives:
a) To understand the perceived role of community policing in the development of the experience of Central Harlem residents.
b) T o describe the experience of the residents with community policing efforts to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime, and to improve the residents?
quality of life.
c) To explore the perceptions of community members about the New York City police Department?s ?stop and frisk? program, a current community policing
d) To understand how police view their tasks from the program policies that they are expected to implement.
e) To understand the awareness of residents to the role that they play in community policing programs.
1. Literature review
a) Theory of Community Policing
b) Role of the police in a community
c) Clarification of roles and responsibilities (Police and citizens)
d) The sharing of values, norms and common vision
2. History of Policing in Central Harlem
a) Population and cultural breakdown of Harlem
b) Crime and other statistics in Harlem
c) Effects of crime on the community
d) Public perception of safety/fear of crime
e) What created friction and distrust (negative and positive)
f) How the stop and frisk as a negative impacted community policing
g) What was the outcome?
h) Data and information sharing to guide decision making
3. Specifics of Community Policing in Harlem
a) Programmes /projects implemented aimed at curbing crime
c) Financial implications
d) Strength of Community Police Officers
e) Training (What foundation training is given to police recruits? Does the training focus on
practical policing skills and ethical behaviour (including Human Rights and
corruption)? Are they trained in inter-personal skills? Are they trained in cultural
awareness and diversity? When was the training programme last updated? Is there
training on community policing? What does it include?
B. Are individual officers able to describe any training they have received on integrity,
accountability, and ethics? Do they know whom to consult if they have questions?
Do they know how their internal affairs/complaints process works, if they have one?
f) Cross partnership communication
g) Focus around tackling particular problems
h) Corporation with the community to decrease crime and fear of crime.