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NCJ Number: 199809 Find in a Library
Title: Getting the Police to Take Problem-Oriented Policing Seriously (From Problem-Oriented Policing: From Innovation to Mainstream, P 49-77, 2003, Johannes Knutsson, ed. -- See NCJ-199807)
Author(s): Michael S. Scott
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
Monsey, NY 10952
Sale Source: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
P.O. Box 249
Monsey, NY 10952
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper explores why some police agencies have not fully incorporated the basic principles and methods of problem-oriented policing into their structure and operations and proposes steps that can be taken to get the police to take problem-oriented policing more seriously.
Abstract: Over 20 years ago, problem-oriented policing (POP) was introduced to the police profession and recognized as a promising approach to improving police service. However, some police agencies have not yet integrated the principles and methods of POP into their routine operations. Three main reasons are identified in this paper, as to why police do not take POP seriously: (1) police lack a complete understanding of both the basic elements of POP and how these elements should be integrated with conventional forms of policing; (2) police agencies lack the skill sets and knowledge bases necessary for effective POP; and (3) there is insufficient incentives for the police to take POP seriously. Incentives to promote the practice of problem-oriented policing should consider the incentives that promote the practice of other police operational strategies: preventive patrol, criminal investigations, emergency response, handling routine incidents, and providing ancillary support services. One way to do this is to consider the interest of those who exert significant influence on police practices, specifically on the operational strategies the police adopt to achieve their objectives. The interests considered and discussed in this paper include: prosecutors, the defense bar, and the judiciary; mayors, city managers and other elected officials; community groups; media; academia and police research organizations; government funding agencies; and private industry. References
Main Term(s): Problem-Oriented Policing
Index Term(s): Community policing; Crime Control Programs; Crime prevention measures; National Clearinghouse for Criminal Justice Planning and Architecture; Police community relations programs; Police crime-prevention; Policing innovation; Program evaluation; Program implementation
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