chapter  9
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Policing Terrorism: A Threat to Community Policing or Just a Shift in Priorities?


The introduction of community policing has been heralded as the most significant and progressive change in policing philosophy, and there are good reasons for this claim. Having a distinctly proactive emphasis, community policing has proven to be a dramatic improvement to the traditional model of policing, which is essentially reactive. Characteristically, traditional policing almost invariably depends on a paramilitary structure that tends to distance police from the rest of the community. Community policing, on the other hand, relies on a cooperative community arrangement that, when working effectively, reduces not only the incidence of crime but also the fear of crime.