Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Dr. Bruce Dayton

Second Advisor

Dr. Mokhtar Bouba


The purpose of this exploratory qualitative case study was to discover what kind of mutually comfortable activities community residents and police officers of the White Oak District in Montgomery County Maryland would like to participate in to strengthen social bonding, social bridging, and social linkage so that they can prevent future difficulties in practicing community problem-solving policing. In this case study located in a major Mid Atlantic community on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, community policing was discovered to be actively engaged in. One police commander, three community leaders, 28 immigrant community members, and 11 immigrant community members that were a subset of the 28 immigrant community members shared their thoughts about what has worked, not worked, is working, and may work in their community. Although there is still a long way to go to reach what anyone might consider an ideal situation, this community was found to be on their way to reinventing a policing system – along the lines of community policing ideals - that could work better than it has in the past.


Anthropology | International and Intercultural Communication | Multicultural Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social and Cultural Anthropology


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