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Community Cooperation and the Police in Comparative Perspective


  • Aila Matanock
  • Dan Lindheim
  • Leo Arriola

A fundamental role of the state is to provide security and order, and the police are the consummate street-level bureaucrat serving to provide these functions, but their success fundamentally relies on earning the trust and cooperation from citizens. We explore how positive relationships between citizens and the police are built.