Public perceptions of community policing in Cyprus: can it reduce crime and disorder?

Psara, Elena (2013) Public perceptions of community policing in Cyprus: can it reduce crime and disorder? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Community Policing (CP) is a relatively new policing model in Cyprus and established operations ten years ago. Initially Community Policing was for a pilot period in three sectors and in 2011 it was expanded and implemented in 58 communities across the island. So far, only one survey took place in Cyprus, in 2003 which measured the effectiveness of community policing. This research is the first one that studied the perceptions of the public in two separate areas – urban and rural- and the perceptions of the Neighbourhood Police Officers (NPOs) in relation to the public’s perception about CP. This research has explored the public’s perception of CP in Cyprus and its impact in reducing crime and disorder. In order to achieve the study’s objectives a cross-sectional survey was utilised. The researcher used two separate methods of collecting data. The first one was questionnaires in order to collect the perceptions of the public and the second one was semi-structured interviews aiming to obtain the perceptions and experiences of the NPOs.
    The main findings of the research revealed that the perceptions of the public on CP are positive but suggest more could be done by the police particularly from community policing and NPOs. This research concludes that community policing in Cyprus needs further improvement and presents a number of recommendations for consideration.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2015 14:32
    Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 14:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16884

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