Policing the Modern Community


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This course describes the development of the modern police service model and describes new pressures and police response strategies that are currently shaping modern Canadian community policing. Students will understand how modern Canadian policing has developed and evolved to respond to current policing conditions, as well as where policing is headed in the future. Course authors, Brian Whitelaw, an experienced police officer, and Paul McKenna are both well known authors who know the theory and practice of modern Canadian policing.

Key learnings

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • articulate the difference between traditional, professional policing models, community-based policing and the developing community-based strategic policing model.
  • explain the development of the community-based strategic policing model.
  • explain how society has led police organizations to where they are today.
  • describe the characteristics of a community-based strategic policing model and how it differs from the earlier community-based policing model.
  • list the advantages and disadvantages of traditional, community-based policing and community-based strategic policing organizations.
  • recognize a community-based strategic system based on a detailed investigation into its policies and practices.
  • describe a process for implementing changes from a professional model of policing to one that is more community-based.
  • develop a strategic plan for moving an organization toward a community-based approach.
  • design measurement tools to assess an organization's effectiveness in community-based service delivery.
  • list the factors that will influence the effective implementation of community-based programs in existing police organizations.

I found the course of study interesting and insightful. It cleared up any misconceptions I may have had in terms of what Community Policing is and is not. As well, it provided me with the necessary tools to better understand the needs of the community, and how to best mobilize stakeholders and our organization. Thanks!"

S/Sgt. Frank M. Landry, Advisory NCO, RCMP, Yarmouth, NS