Date of Award

Summer 8-2019

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

Dr. Alicia Malone


Community policing is an emerging practice of policing that aims to address crime and social disorder in a proactive manner. Community relations, problem solving and restructured police organizations are among the characteristics that make up the foundation of this practice. This research study seeks to understand the community policing model as well as police officers perceptions of this common practice through a convenience survey administered to a sample of sworn police officers. Police officers from various police departments on the South Shore of Massachusetts were invited to partake in this survey, which consisted of a series of likert-scale questions. Findings from this study indicated a support for community policing and difference in opinion in terms of its effectiveness.