The Process of Developing a Program Evaluation of a Community Policing Initiative

The evaluation of the Victoria Police Department's Community Police Station (Co.P.S.) Program measured the strategy's success in controlling and preventing crime within the community. This article illustrates how the evaluation assessed the impacts of the Co.P.S. Program on its eight distinct objectives. The conceptual framework on which this evaluation was based is described, as well as the comprehensive and eclectic research designs. Four key perspectives were used to examine the impacts: crime rates, the citizenry, the Co.P.S. volunteers, and the Police Department personnel.