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. Based on its distinctly proactive emphasis, community policing has proven to be a dramatic improvement to the traditional model of policing that 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 reduces both the incidence of crime and also the fear of crime when it works effectively.