Community policing is a not a new concept for those who have worked in criminal justice. But with growing concerns over the relationships between police departments and civilians -- particularly in urban areas -- the idea is experiencing something of a resurgence.

At NJ Spotlight On Cities this October, we took a closer look at the idea with a panel moderated by Barry Carter, columnist for The Star-Ledger/NJ Advance Media. Panelists were: Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson, whose efforts in Camden have garnered national attention; Todd Clear, distinguished professor at Rutgers-Newark, who has extensively researched community policing in municipalities around the country; Udi Ofer, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, which has played a significant role in investigations into police wrongdoing in the state; and prominent community activist Lakeesha Eure, chair of the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition.