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The Police in America, 4/e
Samuel Walker, University of Nebraska
Charles M. Katz, Arizona State University-West

Police Work
Innovations in Policing

Multiple Choice Quiz

Choose the best answer:


What do advocates of community policing argue?
A)It should be adopted only in large cities.
B)Community policing should be practiced for only five years.
C)Community policing represents a new philosophy of policing aimed at increasing the quality of police efforts.
D)Only younger officers will benefit from community policing.
E)In reality, every police professional practices community policing.

Why did community policing originate?
A)Because the federal government ordered it to take place.
B)Because state governments demanded it.
C)Because every police officer desired it.
D)Because there was no other possible approach to use.
E)Because of a series of crises affecting the police.

How much police work is related to criminal law enforcement?
A)All of it.
B)Most of it.
C)One half of it.
D)We do not know.
E)Only a small part.

Where should the police focus their resources according to the "broken window" theory?
A)On the wealthier parts of the city.
B)Only on drug dealers.
C)Primarily on young people.
D)On disorder problems affecting the quality of neighborhood life.
E)Only in the suburbs.

What is significant about a broken window according to Wilson and Kelling?
A)Federal aid is needed.
B)State aid is needed.
C)No help is needed by a community.
D)The police have little to do in a community.
E)It is a sign that nobody cares about the appearance of property.

The police officer's ability to fight crime is
B)very limited.
C)very great.
D)relatively unimportant.

What do studies show about understanding the concept underlying community policing?
A)Everyone understands it.
B)No one understands it.
C)Few understand it.
D)It is difficult to understand.
E)No one has attempted to try to understand it.

There appears to be a consensus about some of the basic elements of community policing, and how it differs from previous policing strategies. The most important difference is
A)the cost of carrying out the policy.
B)the attitude of the public in reacting to the policy.
C)that community policing represents a major change in the role of the police.
D)that there does not have to be too much of an adjustment on the part of the police.
E)the fear of the public about the policy.

Community policing advocates assert that the most effective way of reducing decay and disorder is
A)through a collaborative relationship between the police and the community.
B)by the federal government sponsoring urban renewal projects.
C)with a more informed citizenry.
D)by having more police officers engage in patrol work.
E)with state subsidies for constructing new projects.

A distinctive characteristic of the police under community policing is that
A)the police have more powers.
B)the police remain distant from the community.
C)the police reposition themselves so that they become an integral part of community life.
D)the police have considerably less power.
E)the police must have better equipment.

Community policing is largely focused on
A)changing attitudes of the police toward minorities.
B)changing the attitudes of minorities toward the police.
C)allowing the community to develop itself.
D)establishing and maintaining relationships between the police and the community.
E)young juvenile delinquents.

What has been the impact of neighborhood watch programs?
A)The impact has been tremendous.
B)Such programs have been found to have little impact.
C)It cannot be determined at this time.
D)We do not know the impact on crime as a result of such programs.
E)They have been effective only in the inner-city minority neighborhoods.

What did a 1997 study of police organizations find about police organizational structures?
A)They were not necessary.
B)They had no changes whatsoever.
C)They had not changed significantly since 1987.
D)It is not noticed by anyone.

Studies examining the changing role of management in community policing have generally been

How resistant to change is the police culture?
A)We do not know.
B)It cannot be determined.
C)There is little resistance to change.
D)The police culture is highly resistant to change.
E)Only older officers are likely to change.

Community policing
A)means the same thing to all officers.
B)cannot be evaluated.
C)has no benefits.
D)relies solely on the police.
E)has many unanswered questions.

One of the basic principles of Anglo-American laws is the idea of clearly defined limits on all government power. Where are these limits embodied?
A)In the Declaration of Independence.
B)In the Emancipation Proclamation.
C)In the Bill of Rights.
D)In the Second Amendment.
E)In the Tenth Amendment.

Most of the gains in controlling misconduct, including corruption and use of force have been achieved through
A)federal intervention.
B)voluntary reforms.
C)centralized command and control.
D)hiring new officers.
E)media publicity.

In his 1977 book, Policing a Free Society, how did Herman Goldstein suggest that we should think of the police?
A)As an agency only providing law enforcement service.
B)As an agency only providing social services.
C)As an agency only providing one type of a service.
D)As a government agency providing a wide range of miscellaneous services.
E)As an agency that should not change