Classic Case - Neighborhood Policing in Los Angeles

Neighborhood Policing in Los Angeles

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    Abstract:
    For more than fifteen years the Los Angeles Police Department has made community relations and community mobilization important -- sometimes key -- elements in the way it goes about its work. This case focuses on the evolution of the LAPD away from a paradigmatically "professional" -- meaning independent and efficiency-oriented -- posture toward its present concern with attending to the felt needs of the city's neighborhoods. It examines the role and effectiveness of the Senior Lead Officer (SLO), a patrol rank charged with community mobilization duties as well as standard patrol and call-response duties. Resource constraints and management priorities have had great influence on the nature and extent of SLO's and the department's community mobilization activities; the case reflects officers' and community leaders' views on the choices the department has made.

    Learning Objective:
    The case is useful for illuminating the traditional practices and priorities of American police organizations, and how community input can affect them. More generally, it can support a discussion of how public managers should think about the "product" of their organizations. (Please see the abstract for Neighborhood Policing: The London Metropolitan Police Force, C15-87-770.0.)

  • Other Details

    Publication Date: January 01, 1987
    HKS Case Number: 717.0
    Case Author: David Kennedy
    Faculty Lead: David Kennedy
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 20
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    Funding Source: Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 16-25
    _geography: US & Canada
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