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This paper explores structures of police authority which seek legitimacy through consensus and respect within the ideology of community policing. Respect may be presented as one of the principal, voluntary bonding relationships within any community, and is proposed as a key to analyzing the prevention and control potential of policing strategies. While not a developed critique of reintegrative shaming as a communitarian crime control agenda for the police, this paper raises reservations about the reality of community policing within particular relationships and interactions in the context of specific cultural and community perceptions of police authority.