The unravelling of public security in the United States: the dark side of police-community co-production: The Dark Side of Police-Community Co-Production

Russell Brewer, Peter Grabosky

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    Abstract

    In this article we review the emergence of police-community 'co-production', as a prominent crime control paradigm in the United States. We argue that although allowing citizens to co-produce through programs like Neighborhood Watch may be beneficial in many respects, such co-production is not an unmitigated virtue. While its proponents contend that co-production promises to enrich the provision of public security in the United States, recent events have reinforced warnings voiced by policing scholars and practitioners of a dark side that also continues to threaten, not enhance, public security. As such, we advocate that the future co-production should be embraced cautiously, and its downside risks managed with care.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)139-154
    Number of pages16
    JournalAmerican Journal of Criminal Justice
    Volume39
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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