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Participation, 'responsivity' and accountability in neighbourhood policing

Bullock, K and Leeney, D (2013) Participation, 'responsivity' and accountability in neighbourhood policing Criminology and Criminal Justice, 13 (2). pp. 199-214.

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Neighbourhood policing, a contemporary form of community policing developed in the United Kingdom (UK), has sought to increase public participation in policing and to develop processes through which residents work in co-production with partners and other state agencies to tackle problems. The aim has been to create mechanisms through which residents can hold the police service to account in dealing with the problems that matter to them. Drawing on interviews with neighbourhood policing officers, this article examines the operation of these processes in practice. We focus on the nature of resident participation in neighbourhood policing; the extent to which police officers organize their priorities around those of residents who participate; and the ways in which officers work with other state agencies and residents themselves to tackle certain problems. Ultimately, this article questions the notions of accountability embedded in neighbourhood policing and whether the neighbourhood policing approach offers an effective mechanism for holding officers to account by residents. © The Author(s) 2013.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Date : April 2013
Identification Number : 10.1177/1748895812466392
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Additional Information : Published in Criminology & Criminal Justice, 13 (2), 2013. Copyright 2013 Sage Publications. Available at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 12 Sep 2013 14:44
Last Modified : 13 Sep 2014 01:36

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