I am working with former OSCAR Program Coordinator and current GMU student, Denise Naizare, on her Ph.D research involving policecommunity relations. On a weekly basis, I read and analyze academic articles in the field of criminology that discuss police relations, community relations and how it is defined, and communitypolicing programs. Additionally, after I read and analyze the academic articles, I produce a literature brief or review on articles that are most relevant to the research being conducted and critique the articles and ideas expressed in the articles against other scholars in the field.
One thing I discovered this week is the way in which communitypolice relations is discussed in the United States. It seems that the majority of communitypolice relations focus around racerelations and socioeconomic status; however, scholarship in the field fail to address how multifaceted a community is, and how multifaceted an individual is. It goes without saying that an individual's identity within a community can belong to multiple microcommunities; however, current literature fails to address how microcommunities can aid in community policing, especially in urban settings where "street code" is prevalent.
The research that I am assisting with is related to my longterm goals because I am studying the field of international relations with an interest in culture, and especially Eastern Asian culture. The articles that I have seen gives me a criminologyfocused lense into community relations, a relationship that eventually affects domestic and international policies. Furthermore, I have a minor in the criminologybased Intelligence Analysis, and researching communitybased relations can allow me to draw from such research if I decide to pursue an analyst career based in threatanalysis.