Effective Citizen Engagement in Community Policing: The Lessons and Experience of Taiwan

Chin-chih Chu, Ting-Jung Tsai, Chun-yuan Wang, Fan-shien Meng


Community policing has gradually drawn attention in many countries since the 1990s. This new policing strategy can prevent crime, while also increasing citizen participation and justifying democratic policing. Beginning in the mid-1990s, Taiwan police agencies have adopted community policing. The practice includes the planning of police beats, community fora on safety issues, and service-orientated policing. Since one of the core tenets of community policing is citizen participation and engagement, why do some police agencies differ within the same country? To answer this question, this paper builds a simple framework showing how a variety of external and internal factors can affect citizen engagement in community policing. The qualitative data was collected in diverse urban and rural police stations. This study provides a better understanding of how to promote citizen engagement in community policing.


Citizen engagement, community policing, Taiwan, technology, stakeholder

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