Source: (2000) Paper presented at The Second International Conference on Conferencing and Circles: Restorative Practice in Action. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 10-12 August 2000.

Community policing is a new philosophy of policing based on the concept that the police and citizens working together in creative ways can solve contemporary community problems related to crime, fear of crime, social and physical disorder and general neighborhood conditions. The philosophy is predicated on the belief that achieving these goals requires the police to develop a new relationship with citizens, allowing them the power to set local police priorities and involving them in efforts to improve the overall quality of life in their community. Community policing (CP) shifts the focus of police work from handling random crime calls to addressing community concerns. Community policing and restorative justice share the common characteristics of local action, local solutions, community standards and local control. Most importantly they seek to solve the problems by preventing, reforming and dealing with each individual and each problem as unique.

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