chapter  1
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Introduction

By their very nature, the police interact with the communities they serve. Th e community relies upon the police to help in emergencies and curb disorder. Th e police rely on the community to report crime and provide important information that is necessary to address community concerns and solve crime. In recent decades, the scope of this relationship has expanded. Th e police and community have begun to expect more from each other as they increasingly realize they must actively work as partners. Th is form of collaboration has been referred to as community policing or community-oriented policing (COP) and has taken many forms. Th e community-centered models encompass an attempt by the police to encourage and empower the community to become more involved in public safety, both by working with police and dealing with problems on their own.