Max Hunter Boorsma



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In light of the 2015 Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing (Task Force), police departments across the country have been adapting with the ever-changing culture of the United States. The Task Force highlights six pillars essential to effective modern policing that are discussed throughout this research, with an emphasis on pillar one, Building Trust and Legitimacy and pillar four, Community Policing and Crime Reduction. This research attempts to answer the questions of how the Dayton Police Department (DPD) is engaging with the findings of the Task Force and how the public perceives the Dayton Police Department. Exploring the first research question, this research analyzes DPD programs in relation to the Task Force pillars. Discussion of the DECA Taft Seminar highlights the focus on Problem Oriented Policing (POP) and Community Oriented Policing (COP) in relation to pillars one and four. A content analysis of twitter is used to explore the public perception of the DPD. This is an analysis of all 2017 public tweets from twitter users in the Dayton area, which include the key word ‘police’. Discussion of DPD programs in relation to the Task Force pillars allows for analysis and recommendations based on relevant literature. The objective of this paper is to highlight connections between the DPD and the Task Force and to gauge the success of DPD programs based on public perception.

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Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Martha Henderson Hurley

Primary Advisor's Department

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work


Stander Symposium project

21st Century Policing in Dayton