Applications of Community Policing in Thailand: Determinants, Implementation, and Outcomes
Examinations within the context of large metropolitan cities and agencies comprise much of the literature on policing strategies. However, equally important is an exploration of factors affecting the implementation of community policing at the local level so as to examine accomplishments and setbacks in its application and determine whether differences in perception impact citizen attitudes toward police. This study does so by focusing on three communities in Thailand. Through data collection and the use of statistical methods, I identify neighborhood problems and key factors, such as general citizen attitudes toward police, citizen
perceptions of police effectiveness in preventing neighborhood crime, and citizen
perceptions of the willingness of police to work with citizens in their neighborhoods to solve crime. The findings reveal significant factors and decision-making patterns relating to the development of community policing. The article concludes with recommendations on contemporary and future issues related to the role and effectiveness of community policing implementation.
Keywords: community policing, citizen attitudes, crime prevention, police strategies, Thailand.