Law enforcement agencies throughout the world have made “community” central to their strategies (Findlay, 2004; Skogan, 2006). Whether it is through

Introduction 189 Understanding Community Engagement 191 Local Priority Policing in Victoria 194 Evaluations of LSCs and PCCCs 197 Evaluation of the Community Governance of Crime Prevention 201 Conclusions from the Evaluations of Community Engagement 202 Barriers to the Success of Local Priority Policing (LPP) 203 Postscript: Beyond Local Priority Policing 206

Aligning Accountability and Authority for Achieving Frontline Service Delivery 207 Adopting the Strategic Work Focus Model of Organizational Hierarchy 208 The Professional Decision Making Model 209

Conclusion 210 References 212

a commitment to a catchall “community policing” approach or because they use other contemporary policing strategies that presuppose strong community links, law enforcement agencies are compelled to engage with the communities they operate in. Community engagement is the active dimension of all community policing efforts.