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NCJ Number: 121282 Find in a Library
Title: ROP: Catching Career Criminals (From Police and Policing: Contemporary Issues, P 136-149, 1989, Dennis Jay Kenney, ed. -- See NCJ-121271)
Author(s): S E Martin; L W Sherman
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Repeat Offender Project (ROP) conducted in Washington, D.C. in May 1982 offered a unique opportunity to assess the problems and effectiveness of a proactive police unit formed to carry out a selective apprehension strategy.
Abstract: The project used an 88-officer unit, which was later reduced to 60 officers, to conduct its activities. The officers were organized into seven-member squads, which used informal selection procedures to target criminally active targets. The Police Foundation, in cooperation with the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, conducted a multifaceted evaluation that used three types between January 1983 and December 1984 to assess ROP's effectiveness and costs. The results showed that the ROP unit appeared to have achieved its goals of selecting, arresting, and contributing to the incarceration of repeat offenders. However, costs, legal and ethical issues, and other factors suggest the need for other departments to use caution in interpreting the results or adopting the ROP model of perpetrator-oriented proactive policing. 5 references.
Main Term(s): Selective enforcement
Index Term(s): District of Columbia; Police manpower deployment; Police resource allocation; Professional criminals; Services effectiveness
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