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The Limits of Community PolicingCivilian Power and Police Accountability in Black and Brown Los Angeles$
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Luis Daniel Gascón and Aaron Roussell

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479871209

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479871209.001.0001

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Organizing the Division

Organizing the Division

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The Limits of Community Policing

Luis Daniel Gascón

Aaron Roussell

NYU Press

The chapter examines the captaincy of Albert Himura and his academy trainer, Rick Patton. Together, these Captains defined the organizational structure of the two groups the authors observed—the CPAB and the HO—throughout their fieldwork. The authors explore the community meeting structure under Captain Himura, whose main goal is to cultivate the capacity for community crime control. This begins with recruiting pro-law-enforcement thinkers. They also discuss how Captain Patton controlled the symbolic boundaries of meetings—who could participate, the agenda, and what messages should be circulated within and outside meetings—and show how police shape and restrict the role of the citizen in crime prevention. Regular meetings demonstrate that LAPD wishes to collaborate, but at the same time the Captain and SLOs favor LAPD’s traditional crime-fighting project.

Keywords:   social organization, riot commission, collaborative governance, police legitimacy, police authority, language differences, public perceptions, crime prevention

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