Nathan G. Fester


Presentation: 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom



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Problem: The tension between police and communities of color continues to rise. Community-oriented policing strategies can be a way to ease the tension. Current Study: The study aimed to explore the prevalence of community-oriented policing among police agencies. The main research question was: What is the prevalence of community-oriented policing strategies used by police agencies across the United States? Data: The data used was the Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) from 2016. LEMAS is a cross-sectional survey data that is used among a nationally-representative sample of police agencies within the United States. Analysis: Descriptive analysis was used to examine the prevalence of community-oriented policing across these agencies. Results: Findings show that 44% of police agencies did not employ community-oriented policing and only 14% used at least one type of community-oriented policing strategy. Discussion: Despite the potential benefit of community-oriented policing in improving community-police relations, the findings suggest that few agencies employ these strategies.

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Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Susybel R. Kallsen

Primary Advisor's Department

Criminal Justice and Security Studies


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

Exploring the Prevalence of Community-Oriented Policing Strategies Across a Nationally-Representative Sample