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NCJ Number: 175469 Find in a Library
Title: Police Modernize to Face New Challenges and Increasing Crime
Journal: Crime & Justice International  Volume:14  Issue:17  Dated:June 1998  Pages:13-15
Author(s): D. Zuzevich
Date Published: June 1998
Page Count: 3
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Even as Poland is moving toward a free market economy and democratic law, crime has grown by more than 16 percent during the past year and criminals are becoming more brazen.
Abstract: Carjacking has become a significant problem in Poland, but thieves often employ measures to coerce drivers out of the vehicle instead of using violent actions to remove them. Most of the transnational vehicles stolen abroad and shipped to Poland are the result of organized crime, but many cars stolen within Poland's borders are taken by small-time operators and gangs looking to sell the car or its parts. Another concern in Poland is the increase in personal crime associated with tourism. Pickpockets continue to operate in crowded areas such as train stations, bus stops, and popular attractions. Juvenile crime is also becoming a new trend in Poland. Violent crime, including homicide and serial murder, are relatively low. The Polish National Police (PNP) is making an effort to reform its organization and structure and is placing greater emphasis on training and recruitment. To deter crime and reshape its public image, the PNP has requested assistance from the United States through funding of university and law enforcement agency exchange programs. The PNP has taken major strides toward the development of community policing and has implemented crime prevention programs in major metropolitan areas. Although the crime rate in Poland has risen over the past year, and organized crime and juvenile delinquency continue to pose a threat to citizens and tourists, the economy is expanding and tourism continues to grow. The PNP is responding to current social trends by reorganizing operations, controlling corruption, and conducting training in areas that will help the police better serve the public. 4 photographs
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Carjacking; Community policing; Crime in foreign countries; Foreign crime prevention; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Homicide; Motor Vehicle Theft; Organized crime; Police crime-prevention; Police effectiveness; Police policies and procedures; Police reform; Robbery; Serial murders; Theft offenses; Violent crimes
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