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Police–Community Relations in Times of Crisis

Decay and Reform in the Post-Ferguson Era

By Ross Deuchar, Vaughn Crichlow and Seth Fallik

Published

Apr 30, 2021

Page count

226 pages

ISBN

978-1529210613

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Apr 30, 2021

Page count

226 pages

ISBN

978-1529210606

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Apr 30, 2021

Page count

226 pages

ISBN

978-1529210637

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Apr 30, 2021

Page count

226 pages

ISBN

978-1529210637

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Police–Community Relations in Times of Crisis

The death of Michael Brown at the hands of a white Ferguson police officer has uncovered an apparent legitimacy crisis at the heart of American policing. Some have claimed that de-policing may have led officers to become less proactive.

How exactly has the policing of gangs and violence changed in the post-Ferguson era? This book explores this question, drawing on participant observation field notes and in-depth interviews with officers, offenders, practitioners, and community members in a Southern American state.

As demands for police reform have once again come into focus following George Floyd’s death, this crucial book informs future policing practice to promote effective crime prevention and gain public trust.

“The exploration by Deuchar et al. of the theory behind strategies positioned to improve police and community relations is valuable for helping practitioners to understand the complexity of police and community relations and how the current situation developed over time. Based on their interviews and observations, they recommend a purposeful plan for improving police community relations that embeds strategies consistent with procedural justice, enhanced transparency, and purposeful outreach.” Police Practice & Research

“Chronicles the disharmony in police–community relations in the post-Ferguson era and expertly captures the trials and tribulations of people who live and work in communities wracked by violence. Timely, poignant, and important.” David Pyrooz, University of Colorado Boulder

“A thoughtful and balanced effort to understand police–community relations in the ‘post-Ferguson era’ – with help from the insightful perspectives of police officers as well as community stakeholders and young people.” Justin Nix, University of Nebraska Omaha

Ross Deuchar is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the West of Scotland, UK and Affiliate Research Professor within the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, US.

Vaughn J. Crichlow is Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Associate Dean in the College of Social Work and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, US.

Seth W. Fallik is Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice within the College of Social Work and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, US.

Foreword by Scott H. Decker

PART I: Introduction

Policing, Communities, and the “Legitimacy Crisis”: Context and Empirical Approaches

PART II: Police–Community Relations in a New Era of Accountability and Change

High-Profile Shootings, the Media, and Police Legitimacy

The “Ferguson Effect” and Emergence of “De-policing”

Proactive Policing of Gangs: Cops as “Guardians”

Reactive Policing of Gangs: Cops as “Warriors”

PART III: Practitioner and Youth Insights on Police–Community Relations

Police as “Guardians” and “Warriors”: Non-Law Enforcement Insights

The Post-Ferguson Era: The Lived Experiences of Young Men in Racial Minority Communities

PART IV: Conclusion

Future Perspectives on Police–Community Relations