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Community Policing

Community Policing
Misnomer or Fact?

First Edition
  • Veerendra Mishra - Secretary, Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India
Critical Acclaim

October 2011 | 248 pages | SAGE India
Community policing is a widely discussed philosophy within law enforcement the world over. However, its implementation has remained inadequate either due to the organizational settings of the police or the suspicious approach of the community. This book offers solutions to these problems by analyzing the conceptual variances and factors that impede smooth collaboration between the police and the public.

The author discusses the underlying philosophy, governing schools of thought, and the strengths and weaknesses of community policing. He also explains important policing concepts such as Police Syndrome, Tracking Participation Footprint, and Image Dating/Image Mapping. Four case studies from Madhya Pradesh (India) and Timor-Leste help in further elucidating the practical applicability of these concepts.

The author negotiates with the idea of allowing civilian participation to become a legitimate means of making the police accountable. He argues that compliance of law must go hand in hand with protecting the fundamental rights of people in order to preserve a liberal democratic society.

Points to Ponder: An Introductory Note

The Philosophy and Concept of Community Policing

Active Quadruple: Four P's-Police, Politician, Press, and Public

Management Gap: A Hindrance to Participative Policing

Police Syndrome

Perspective Constraints

Police Opinion about Their Jobs

Variables Acting as Hindrance to Participative Policing

Benefits of Participation

Curative Suggestions to Bring Attitudinal Change in Police

Communal Violence in Narsinghgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Aftermath

Timor-Leste: Partners in Policing Model (PIP MODEL)

Coordinated Response to Combat Violence against Women: A Participative Policing Initiative of Madhya Pradesh Police, India

Experiences of Timor-Leste (East Timor): Domestic Violence Redressal Forum (DVRF): A Redressal Mechanism in Timor-Leste

For a Better Future


Veerendra Mishra's book is a welcome addition to the literature on community policing. book will be a good read not only for police officers but also for academics, social scientists and informed members of the public who want to build a closer relationship between the police and the community. It displays author's scholarship as well as intimate understanding of the complexities of the role of the police and the strategies necessary to improve participative policing.

The Statesman

Veerendra Mishra's book, Community Policing is an important contribution in the area of policing in a democratic and multicultural society like India. Written in a simple and lucid style, the book presents an overview on the issue of people's participation in policing, especially in the postcolonial societies with multiple narratives and contestations around caste, gender, race, ethnicity and class. Written from the point of view of policy makers and implementers, Mishra tries to delineate the complexities involved in  shifting gears from 'law and order' to 'participative' policing in the Indian context… the book is well researched and there are some interesting anecdotes and insights throughout its text…This book would be useful to serving trainee police officers, policy makers, and students of law, criminology, victimology, social work and also to anyone who wants an overview of the issue.


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ISBN: 9788132107279