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New Perspectives in Policing Paper

Building positive connections with the community cannot only improve police work, but also officer safety. In the latest New Perspectives in Policing paper, Sue Rahr and Stephen K. Rice discuss how power used inside a police department can signal to officers how they are expected to behave on patrol.

The authors suggest transforming the culture of a police academy from a military ‘boot camp’ to one that develops critical-thinking leaders and institutionalizes procedurally just values. This change embodies the recommendation to embrace a guardian mindset to build public trust and legitimacy from the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing interim report.

Read From Warriors to Guardians: Recommitting American Police Culture to Democratic Ideals.

See all the papers in the New Perspectives in Policing series.

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