Guardianship Policing in a Warrior Culture

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Policing moves in cycles. Since 9/11 the cycle has shifted away from community engagement to securing our communities against terrorism, and controlling crime through aggressive intervention.

In the midst of these changes, the self-constructed role of police officers as warriors has not only persisted, but become dominant. We prefer to think of ourselves as “crime fighters” whose sole mission is to protect our communities from the evils of the world by locking up the . . .

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