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A Chinese Theory of Community Policing
A Chinese Theory of Community Policing

Author(s): Kam C. Wong
Subject(s): Political Philosophy, Governance, Criminology
Published by: Institut za uporedno pravo
Keywords: Chinese policing; community policing; problem oriented policing; Chinese theory of policing; policing as self-help; police as a social resource;

Summary/Abstract: This paper introduces the readers to a radically different theory of community policing: “Police power as social resource theory” (SRT), drawing upon Chinese political philosophy (“mass line”) and policing practice (“renmin jingcha”). The SRT addresses three main questions: What is the role and function of the police? What is the relationship of the police with the people? Why do people call the police? SRT (re)conceptualizes crime and police from the perspective of the people, not that of the state. From the people’s perspective crimes are personal problems, while problems are unmet expectations resulting from resource deficiencies and police are social resources make available to the people in solving their own problems. In terms of foundation SRT is a theory of the people, a theory of democratic governance, a theory of empowerment, and a theory of self-help.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 85-114
  • Page Count: 30
  • Language: English