Community policing does not prevent crime

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Community policing does not prevent crime Critics of community policing attack this approach to crime-fighting from different angles. 1. No one knows what community policing is, according to criminal justice professor  Carl Klockars. Even though a majority of police departments in America claim to be doing  community policing, the differences between the actual operations may be significant.  Community policing as it is organized in New York is different from its practice in Chicago,  Washington, and Philadelphia. The lack of precision in defining community policing makes it  impossible to say with any certainty that community policing is causing crime rates to  decrease. 2. The evidence from particular communities used to demonstrate that community  policing reduces crime is suspect. By appealing to anecdotal evidence to support the claim  that community policing reduces crime, proponents make a hasty generalization on the 
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