Archive for the ‘COP/POP’ Category

Hot spots & outreach in Delaware

November 24, 2017

This article describes data-driven initiatives by the Delaware State Police to target crime and traffic hot spots, as well as emphasize thorough preliminary investigations and community outreach. Interestingly, among the 50 states, the one in which the state police represent the biggest portion of all police is Delaware.


POP conference presentations

November 21, 2017

The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing has posted 21 presentations delivered at its annual conference last month in Houston, linked here. The POP Center’s full website, including 73 problem-specific guides, 13 response guides, 13 tool guides, and a host of other resources is available here.

Park, walk & talk in St. Pete

November 20, 2017

This article reports several positive trends since a new police chief began emphasizing and tracking “park, walk & talk” in St. Petersburg, Florida three years ago. Tips to police are up, citizen complaints are down, and community leaders are supportive.

A code of conduct for everybody

November 14, 2017

This article reports the creation of a “code of conduct” in Toledo, Ohio that pertains to both police and the public. The 4-page document, believed to be the first of its kind, was developed by police and a coalition of rights groups over a 2-year period. According to the chief, “Nearly all of the points dealing with police conduct already are in department policies.”

Proactive policing — what works

November 10, 2017

The National Academies has released a review of evidence on the effects of specific proactive policing strategies, including hot spots, focused deterrence, broken windows, and problem solving. Short-term reductions in crime are commonly found, with less evidence on long-term impact. “Backfire effects” on overall community relations are not common, but the review committee noted “the lack of data on the role of racial bias in proactive policing was startling.” A summary is available here and the full report is available here.

Herman Goldstein wins Stockholm Prize

November 7, 2017

This website announces that Herman Goldstein, originator of problem-oriented policing, is the 2017 winner of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. The site has a video of the announcement with a brief interview of the winner; additional information about Goldstein’s career and accomplishments is here.

Drew Diamond on community policing

November 4, 2017

Here’s a 12-minute public television interview with Drew Diamond, who was police chief in Tulsa, Oklahoma about 25 years ago and then a national leader on community policing throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. He sees some promising developments today and says he always expected it to take at least two generations for significant change to settle in.

Swedes find amazing COP in Elgin

November 4, 2017

This article reports a Swedish delegation’s visit to Elgin, Illinois to study community policing. The agency credits its resident officer program, its neighborhood officer program, “its school resource officers, its summer programs and gang interventions in the schools, and its social worker and senior liaison programs” for a 60% crime drop since 1991. The delegation’s leader said of the visit, “This wasn’t great. This was amazing.”

CAPS rebound in Chicago?

November 4, 2017

Beginning in 1993, Chicago implemented a major community policing initiative — CAPS, the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy. An exhaustive 10-year evaluation reported beat meeting attendance at over a half-million residents, increases in public trust, and decreases in crime, disorder, and fear of crime. Starting in the mid-2000s, however, the city reduced CAPS funding in favor of other priorities. This article reports a proposed budget increase for community policing in FY 2018, possibly signaling a shift back toward the once-successful CAPS approach.

Policing at a crossroads

October 24, 2017

This video presents the opening law enforcement panel at the Cato Institute’s “Criminal Justice at a Crossroads” conference. Panelists include Chief Tom Manger, former Chief Ron Davis, and Sergeant Renee Mitchell representing the American Society of Evidence Based Policing.