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Policing and collective efficacy: A rapid evidence assessment

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posted on 2024-03-07, 00:12 authored by Julia YesbergJulia Yesberg, B Bradford
Collective efficacy is a neighbourhood social process that has important benefits for crime prevention. Policing is thought to be one antecedent to collective efficacy, but the mechanisms by which police activity and officer behaviour are thought to foster collective efficacy are not well understood. This article presents findings from a rapid evidence assessment conducted to take stock of the empirical research on policing and collective efficacy. Thirty-nine studies were identified and examined. Overall, trust in police was the aspect of policing most consistently associated with collective efficacy. There was also some evidence that community policing activities, such as visibility and community engagement, predicted collective efficacy. Police legitimacy, on the other hand, was relatively unrelated to collective efficacy: a finding which suggests perceptions of police linked to the ‘action’ of individual officers may be more enabling of collective efficacy than perceptions of the policing institution as a whole. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.

Funding

Neighbourhood Policing and Collective Efficacy (NPACE): Tackling Serious Violent Crime

Economic and Social Research Council

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Preferred citation

Yesberg, J. A. & Bradford, B. (2021). Policing and collective efficacy: A rapid evidence assessment. International Journal of Police Science and Management, 23(4), 417-430. https://doi.org/10.1177/14613557211026938

Journal title

International Journal of Police Science and Management

Volume

23

Issue

4

Publication date

2021-12-01

Pagination

417-430

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Publication status

Published

Online publication date

2021-07-19

ISSN

1461-3557

eISSN

1478-1603

Language

en

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