Rookies doing some POP

This article describes some problem-oriented policing adopted by rookie foot beat officers in New Haven as part of their regular assignment — new officers are expected “to identify a problem in their specific walking area.”

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5 Responses to “Rookies doing some POP”

  1. Jim Jordan Says:

    Gary: I am doing some focus group research on how we optimize the performance of the Millennial Generation in the police workplace. This is part of the answer, it seems. Give this cohort meaningful work and enagage in learning with them. Great stuff.

  2. Gunther Says:

    Great article. Despite the fact that crime has gone down in the USA doesn’t mean people let their guard down such as leaving their keys or their items in full view for the crooks to see. Let’s hope that City Hall will carry out the necessary physical improvements that were mention in the cops’ report since cops are not in charge of repairing street lights, fixing pot holes, etc.

  3. Ashley Says:

    It sounds like this program is working well in New Haven, but I’m generally skeptical of officers being placed on foot patrol before they’ve had a chance to develop the fundamental skills of policing. We tried something similar here several years ago, and it was an unmitigated disaster that served no one. However, that failure was largely due to organizational practices.

  4. Gary Cordner Says:

    NYPD did it in a big way under Commissioner Kelley, but without FTOs. Probably contributed to their problems. On the other hand, I think it depends of what you consider fundamental skills of policing. If you include developing relationships with the public, and learning to speak to all kinds of people in all kinds of situations, and learning to deal with the kinds of problems that people in neighborhoods most commonly identify, and learning how to get miscreants to behave better without just arresting or citing them, then foot patrol (properly supervised and led) might present more opportunities than driving around chasing taillights. Just sayin’. Of course, the best solution would be a combination.

  5. Ashley Says:

    The key is “properly led and supervised.”
    In our situation, two new officers were assigned to a housing project. They worked a fixed schedule, while everyone else rotated. They had no continuity of supervision and virtually no interaction with their peers. As a result, they lacked opportunities to observe how more experienced cops did the things you mentioned, and rarely received coaching or mentoring from sergeants.
    We did a disservice to those young officers and the community as well.

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