“Transforming Community Policing is an excellent text that outlines not only the importance of community policing but also how it can and should be implemented. Many currently serving community policing officers don’t have this level of knowledge and understanding regarding community policing, and this text would be useful for police departments to use in their training.”
— Kelly Bramwell, Mohawk College
“I worked 36 years in policing with 10 in community policing and I found many of my personal experiences reflected in this text.… This text forms the basis for making community work. The author is not shy about dealing with the various roles the community members have and the responsibility that ultimately falls upon them to make a transformation in their own communities.”
— Michael Burns, Confederation College
“Given the current emphasis on police–community relations, this textbook provides an excellent basis on which future police officers can change those relationships into something better.”
— Rick Sinnamon, Conestoga College
“As a police leader with two decades of municipal policing experience … I wish to say that Transforming Community Policing provides the most comprehensive and informative overview of community policing in Canada that I have read to date. Dr Russell provides the insight and a multitude of practical tools enabling community and neighbourhood officers to strengthen relationships, collaborate with community members, and solve problems at a local level. This book strives to showcase methods designed to improve community safety and strengthen police legitimacy. I would recommend this book to any student or professional who has the ambition to learn more about the benefits and future of community policing.”
— Paul B. Rinkoff, PhD
“Almost every chapter highlights the one factor that underpins transformative community policing: relationships. Relying on the latest and best research in “police legitimacy,” plus practical experience with street checks and other police-public interactions, Russell asserts that police cannot simulate community action if their relationships with the community are not positive and strong. Therein lies a challenge for the future of policing.
This is an excellent teaching book. It should be the cornerstone for all justice and police foundations programs and the bible for active police officers.”
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— Andrew Fletcher, Chief of Police, South Simcoe Police Service
Excerpt from Blue Line Magazine, November 2017
*Testimonials are from the first edition of Transforming Community Policing