Emory International Law Review


In the midst of surging gang-fueled violence in Central America, Nicaragua has developed a community policing model that's results call into question the efficacy of the militarized model employed by both her neighbors and many jurisdictions in the United States. This Comment argues that, while the United States may have pioneered the concept of community policing, the Nicaraguan National Police has perfected it. This approach has the potential to inform implementation worldwide, specifically in the United States. Rather than militarization, which has eroded trust between residents and police forces, the Nicaraguan model offers a return to policing in partnership with the community it serves. There is no 'one size fits all' approach, but a commitment to building trust between police departments and the communities in which they serve'coupled with political commitment'will lead to the public legitimacy that Nicaragua's neighbors and the United States so desperately need.