The Notion of Sensitivity in Policing

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In reality, there's still a wide gap to be found between the tendency within almost every police organization to carry out conventional policing and the increasing demand by the public to execute community policing. A middle way is probably needed. This article introduces the concept of sensitive policing, as this encourages police organizations to be proactive and problem-oriented within a minimum structural and organizational change. The theme of developing a policing theory which reduces the binary contrast of conventional and community-oriented styles is, to a certain extent, in line with the empirical tendency of the police themselves to respond to popular needs and be responsive to community demands without effecting any real changes in their working structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-111
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of the Sociology of Law
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001


  • Policing
  • Sensitive
  • Sensitivity

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