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The New Crisis In Policing

by Manfred F. Meine, Ph.D. and Thomas P. Dunn, Ph.D.

Following recent events in local policing in the US leading to civil unrest in a number of cities there is reason to fear a crisis in local law enforcement, to the extent of reducing police effectiveness and even leading to increases in crime. With concerns about a militarized police, excessive use of deadly force, and growing racially focused mistrust of police, the time to relook police organization and professionalism may once again be at hand. Decentralized policing and local control may return to the center of the debate.

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