Theory Of Broken Windows Theory

Broken Windows
Lastly, the community policing theory of “broken windows” was researched and applied to the DPD. Broken windows theory, as conjectured by Wilson and Kellings, holds that when “discourteous and deviant behaviors are not controlled, an atmosphere is created in which more serious crime will be committed” (Yero, Othman, Samah, D'Silva, & Sulaiman, 2012) and a potential breakdown/ decline of the community is generated (Yili, Fiedler, & Flaming, 2005). Previous models of policing focused on police compartmentalization and isolation to guard against perceived prejudice and political corruption (Peaslee, 2009). At present, the models of policing now reflect community-orientated and problem-oriented goals. Among the countless theories of community policing, broken windows theory re-envisions how police should look to serve their community.
Broken windows theory relies heavily on the concepts of developing and sustaining partnerships between the police and other community agencies/ groups (Peaslee, 2009). Though broken windows theory is often though to mostly be applicable to physical goals or visible results such as graffiti removal and code enforcement (Peaslee, 2009), another view of the theory suggests that repeated police interactions with the community and subsequent positive social learning are another way to “fix broken windows” (Yili, et al., 2005). When community involvement and engagement is repeated and becomes consistent, trust begins to build and citizens grow more willing to participate in partnerships with the police (Peaslee, 2009).
DPD has created many community partnerships in efforts to “fix the broken windows” in the community. Investigator Kent addressed these programs. “DeWitt [Police Departme...

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