Archive for the ‘COP/POP’ Category

Cincinnati wins POP award

October 5, 2017

Cincinnati won the Herman Goldstein award for outstanding problem-oriented policing at the 2017 POP Conference this week. This 13-minute video tells the story of the initiative that tackled violent crime in two adjoining neighborhoods.


COP in San Francisco

October 5, 2017

This article profiles community policing in a public housing area of San Francisco, including an officer who has voluntarily stayed in the assignment since 2008 in order to build relationships and trust with residents.

Graffiti crackdown in Detroit

September 20, 2017

This article describes Detroit’s “merciless” crackdown on graffiti, which has resulted in more than 50 arrests and $1.3 million in fines over the last 3 years. Hipster artists had focused on Detroit and all its abandoned buildings as a canvas waiting to be painted, but that collided with the city’s massive effort at blight eradication.

POP in Eureka

September 16, 2017

Two nice 8-minute videos here and here showing the Eureka PD POP team dealing with illegal encampments and similar problems. The agency completed a massive project last year to recover the “Devil’s Playground” overrun with homelessness and substance abuse, but still has stragglers causing safety and environmental concerns.

Digital community policing

September 4, 2017

This column reports a UK study of policing, social media, and big data. Among its conclusions: “Communications policing is the new community policing, and should be treated as such, to reflect how more and more of social life has a digital component” and “Too much attention nationally has focused upon purchasing increasingly sophisticated ‘big data’ technologies and not enough upon developing the skills of analysts and users within police organisations.”

Compstat 2.0

August 26, 2017

In this blog post, former chief Cameron McLay explains why police agencies need to measure their performance accurately and systematically, and why that should include measures of public sentiment to help keep a focus on enhancing police legitimacy along with crime control and other traditional outcomes. A broader approach to police performance measurement is characteristic of newer versions of Compstat.

POP conference October 2-4

August 15, 2017

The 2017 Problem-Oriented Policing Conference will be held October 2-4 in Houston, Texas. The preliminary program is available here, and registration for the conference can be completed here. Goldstein award finalists making presentations are police agencies from Cincinnati, Eureka (CA), Houston, Lancashire (UK), Durham (UK), and Victoria (Canada).

Re-energizing COP in Chicago

August 11, 2017

It might surprise some to know that Chicago had an innovative city-wide community policing strategy in the 1990s and early 2000s (known as CAPS) that was carefully evaluated, showing positive results. This article and this press release indicate that a new advisory committee is recommending the city return to that strategy as part of its response to current issues and problems. The committee’s report is here.

POP Guide on focused deterrence

August 9, 2017

The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing has published a guidebook on focused deterrence of high-risk individuals, available here. A full listing of the POP Center’s 99 problem, response, and tool guides is found here.

Community policing to counter violent extremism

August 5, 2017

This report provides a thorough description and assessment of an LAPD initiative to counter violent extremism by using community policing. The process evaluation concluded that “adopting a community policing model is a necessary approach to better protect and serve communities at risk for violent radicalization.” The study identified numerous challenges to such an approach, including opposing narratives within communities over whether to cooperate with police, but also identified practical ways to overcome differences and build resilience.