Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Project

This project addresses trouble in a tropical paradise.  Begun in 2004, the project provides research, technical assistance, and training to the Ministry of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago to support the transformation of the nation’s Police Service.  This broad scope reform effort has included support for increasing the crime control effectiveness of police, enhancing police integrity, and the improvement of police services to the multi-ethnic island nation.  A wide range of research projects involving in-depth interviews with police of all ranks and national leaders, surveys of residents and police officers, field observations of police constables at work, content analysis of press coverage of crime and policing.  Technical assistance has included revisions to the nation’s constitution and laws, police training at all levels, revising the governance structure of the police, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of reform, and presentations to government and community leaders  (including the Prime Minister) and the press.  One of the major initiatives has been the implementation of Policing for People in five Model Stations, which CJLM is evaluating.

Two graduate students, three GMU faculty (Mastrofski, Wilson, and Rudes), and three faculty from other universities are currently working on this project. Topics of study include:

  • Procedural justice and legitimacy policing
  • Collective efficacy in Trinidad neighborhoods
  • The image of crime and police in Trinidad newspapers
  • An evaluation of the impact of the Model Stations Initiative on citizen perceptions of neighborhood safety and police service
  • The impact of police reform on the every-day work of police constables

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To view recent publications from this project, see:

Mastrofski, Stephen D. and Cynthia Lum.   2008.  Meeting the challenges of police governance in Trinidad and Tobago.  Policing:  A  Journal of Policy and Practice  2(4):481-496.  doi: 10.1093/police/pan051.

Kochel, Tammy Rinehart.  2009.  Legitimacy as a Mechanism for Police to Promote Collective Efficacy and Reduce Crime and Disorder.  Ph. D. Dissertation.  Fairfax, VA:  George Mason University.

Stephen D. Mastrofski, Policing for People.  Ideas in American Policing.  Washington, DC:  Police Foundation (1999).

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