Policing in the wake of Hurricane Andrew: Comparing citizens' and police priorities

L. K. Lonn, Roger Dunham, Ronald L. Akers, Paul Cromwell

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Taking advantage of the breakdown of formal social control directly following Hurricane Andrew in Miami, Florida this paper conducts a naturally occurring breaching experiment to examine the deeper structure of values about policing and police practices. Both citizens of the damaged neighborhoods and the attending police were interviewed to determine the degree of concensus/dis- sensus concerning ideal and actual priorities of policing during the crisis period. The findings reveal a remarkable degree of consensus among citizens and the police. The implications for a consensus versus a conflict view of policing are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-419
Number of pages7
JournalDisaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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