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

WithJOHN MURRAY

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.