Archive for the ‘COP/POP’ Category

Herman Goldstein 1931-2020

January 25, 2020

Herman Goldstein, widely admired architect of problem-oriented policing, passed away Friday in Madison, Wisconsin. Online messages from both police leaders and police scholars emphasized how much Herman had influenced their thinking about police, and also what a warm, generous, and humble man he was. A reflection on the enduring significance of POP is here. A eulogy by his friend and mentee David Couper is here. Some of his early biography can be found here, starting on page 18, and an article about him winning the Stockholm Prize in Criminology is here. His own comments about that prestigious award are here, and his Stockholm lecture is published here. A great and good man has left us and he will be sorely missed.

District-level RTCCs in Chicago

December 7, 2019

This new RAND report assesses the implementation and impact of district-level Real-Time Crime Centers (also called Strategic Decision Support Centers) in Chicago. The study found modest effects on serious crime and concluded that the Centers are “a promising model for improving law enforcement agencies’ awareness of their communities, improving their decision making, and carrying out more effective and more efficient operations that lead to crime reductions and other policing benefits.” It was noted that the initial emphasis has mainly been on support for reactive patrol responses, leading to a recommendation “to expand and formalize SDSC support for crime investigations. There is also a need to expand the districts’ responses to crime issues, including by gaining trust with residents and having positive community interactions with them to get information to reduce or solve crimes.”

2019 POP winner — Durham UK

November 25, 2019

UK’s Durham Constabulary won the 2019 Herman Goldstein Award at the recent Problem-Oriented Policing Conference in Santa Cruz, California for its Checkpoint¬†deferred prosecution initiative. Low-level adult offenders are offered a 4-month tailor-made program aimed at “underlying issues such as their mental health, alcohol and drug misuse.” A rigorous evaluation found only a 5.6% re-offending rate during the 4-month contract and a 27% lower 2-year re-offending rate compared to traditional out-of-court measures.

Community policing in Chicago

November 23, 2019

This article provides a nice review of the ups and downs of community policing in Chicago over the last two decades, including promising early results from renewed efforts now underway. With the police superintendent retiring, it will be interesting to see if a new leader follows the current path or a different one.

World Class Policing Awards

November 20, 2019

Initial World Class Policing awards were recently announced as reported here. The awards “reflect that effective modern day policing requires partnership and collaboration, whether in teams of officers and staff; collaboration between forces; multi-agency operations; wider public sector involvement; and collaboration also with the supplier community and beyond.” The overall winner was UK’s Devon & Cornwall Police for their Operation Encompass initiative through which police and schools give careful and immediate attention to children who have experienced police-attended incidents of domestic abuse. Other winners came from the UK, New Zealand, and Australia.

Evolving police strategies

November 18, 2019

This 12-minute public radio segment reviews the re-invention of foot patrol, growing recognition that crime is concentrated in hot spots, and the current development of evidence-based policing, highlighting the significance of studies done in Kansas City, Newark, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia. “The tension between prevention and response is the fundamental issue,” according to Larry Sherman, adding “I think on a scale of 1 to 10, evidence-based policing in the U.S., in terms of practice, is about a 2.”

Keeping Nightlife Safe

November 18, 2019

This COPS newsletter article describes an initiative in Arlington, Virginia aimed at improving safety in their nighttime entertainment district. The program “provides a wide range of resources and staff training to restaurants that participate” and accredits establishments “that are committed to responsible alcohol management.” Participating businesses are promoted by the city and “by reducing disorderly conduct and crime, local nightlife is more attractive to visitors, which makes businesses better and the community happier.” The police department has been able to reduce their nightly staffing in the entertainment zone from 20 officers to 8 officers.

COPS Office best practices guide

October 31, 2019

The COPS Office has published “Law Enforcement Best Practices: Lessons Learned from the Field” available here. Topics include community policing, de-escalation, crisis intervention, recruitment, and retention. The guide “was developed by experts and practitioners from across the country to provide practical advice” to new and seasoned chiefs and sheriffs along with staff involved in planning and program development.

National look at SROs

October 23, 2019

The organization Strategies for Youth has published a national study of school resource officers (SROs), available here. They found that 24 states have enacted training for SROs, with Nebraska and Virginia leading the pack. But they also note “The fact that over half of the states still do not mandate any specific training or oversight for SROs is troubling,” especially since the presence of SROs “increases the odds that students will be arrested for minor offenses and that children of color and those with disabilities will be treated most harshly.”

Shootings & homicides down in Milwaukee

September 28, 2019

Homicides and shootings have been dropping since 2015 in Milwaukee. As reported here, officials credit better response to shootings as a way of preventing retaliatory violence, and much greater collaboration with public health and violence prevention initiatives. The mantra is “Treat every shooting as if it were a homicide — because it almost was.” The approach is modeled after Oakland, California where shootings and homicides were cut in half over 5 years, as reported here.