Evaluating Community Policing in the Philippines: Communication, Trust, and Service Provision

Background
Research Design
Hypotheses
  • Citizens in villages which receive the COP treatment will express greater trust in the police, perceive the police as more legitimate, be more willing to contact the police when a problem occurs, and be less likely to experience a crime.
  • Citizens in villages which receive the POP treatment will be less likely to experience a crime and perceive the police as more effective.
  • Villages which receive the COP treatment will exhibit a greater decrease in crime rates over the course of the study than villages in the control group.
  • Villages which receive the POP treatment will exhibit a greater decrease in crime rates over the course of the study than villages in the control group.
  • Villages in which the POP task force includes both PNP officers and Tanods will experience a greater decrease in crime rates over the course of the study than villages in which the task force includes only PNP officers or only Tanods.
  • The reduction in crime rates will be largest for villages that receive both the COP and POP treatments.
Findings