Archive for the ‘World Policing’ Category

“Secured by Design” yields 87% property crime reduction

September 29, 2017

A study by Police Scotland has found that 3,000 “secured by design” (SBD) residences had 1/7th the number of burglaries and thefts over a 10-year period versus comparable residences, according to this article. Information about the UK police SBD initiative is available here.


Power naps on the night shift

September 16, 2017

This brief video reports a study from the Netherlands on whether “power naps” (maximum 20 minutes) can help police remain alert on the over-night shift. Results indicated that police felt more alert and were 50% less likely to say they had “nodded off” while driving home after work.

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.”

Study: Workshops reduce domestic abuse

August 16, 2017

This article summarizes an experimental study of low-harm domestic abuse first offenders in Hampshire, UK. Men who attended 10 hours of small-group discussions were 35% less likely to reoffend and caused 27% less harm over a 12-month period than those in the control group who merely received conditional cautions. Officials hope to replicate the study in several other UK forces.

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).

Speed camera effectiveness

August 11, 2017

This web page summarizes a recent systematic review of the impact of speed cameras, with links to the full study and advice for implementation. The review of 51 studies across 15 countries found, on average, a 52% reduction of vehicles exceeding the speed limit and a 19% reduction in collisions, with benefits exceeding costs by at least a 3:1 ratio.

Police higher education

August 2, 2017

In recent years the UK has put an emphasis on developing higher education programs specifically for police. As an example, here’s a position announcement for a Professor of Policing Studies and Police Leadership at Liverpool John Moores University (application deadline August 13).

Reviewing unfounded sexual assault cases

July 28, 2017

This article reports that Ottawa will adopt the “Philadelphia Model” in which a multidisciplinary panel reviews reported sexual assaults that police classify as unfounded. The main purpose is not to find specific police errors, but to identify ways of improving the system so that future decisions are based on valid criteria and victims are more satisfied that they were treated fairly.

999 is 80 years old

July 6, 2017

This article commemorates the introduction of the 999 emergency telephone number in London, England in 1937. Authorities there first considered 707 and 333 before settling on 999. The U.S. emergency number 911 wasn’t established until 30 years later.

One way to cut personnel costs

June 29, 2017

Dubai police will deploy the world’s first driverless security patrol by the end of 2017, according to this article. The manufacturer says the self-driving robot (video here) “will not replace humans … will instead fulfill low-level order enforcement tasks … can release and control a drone … is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input … can also pursue criminal suspects … No off days, medical leave, and breaks in between.” The Dubai plan is for robots to comprise 25% of its force by 2030.