- A collection of 150 to 175 entries are organized in A-to-Z fashion in one volume available in both electronic and print formats.
- Signed entries, authored by significant figures in the field, each conclude with Cross-References and Suggestions for Further Readings to guide students to in-depth resources.
- Brief "What Works" case studies within appropriate entries profile community policing programs and strategies as tried in various cities and communities.
- Although organized in A-to-Z fashion, a thematic "Reader's Guide" in the front matter groups related entries by broad topic areas (e.g., Foundations; Methods & Practices; Legislation & National Organizations; Changing Agency Culture; Planning & Implementation; Training & Curriculum; Assessment & Evaluation; etc.).
- Also included in the front matter, a Chronology provides students with historical perspective of the development of community policing.
- The entire work concludes with a Resources appendix listing classic books, journals, and associations, followed by a comprehensive Index.