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NCJ Number: 210353 Find in a Library
Title: Street Prostitution in Raleigh, North Carolina: A Final Report to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services on the Field Applications of the Problem-Oriented Guides for Police Project
Author(s): Deborah Lamm Weisel
Corporate Author: North Carolina State University
United States of America
Date Published: August 2004
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: California Agriculture Experiment Station
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27650
Grant Number: 2001-CK-WX-K051
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This final report describes a problem-oriented policing project undertaken by the Raleigh Police Department (RPD) on the problem of street prostitution in the city.
Abstract: The project, supported by funding from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), was designed to apply the information from selected Problem-Oriented Guides for Police (POP Guide) to actual crime and disorder problems, in this case, the problem of street prostitution in one area near the central business district of Raleigh, NC. The project topic was selected through a survey of RPD employees and a corresponding POP Guide was distributed to project members. Police analyzed data on the problem, including historic arrest data in the area, focus groups with local police, and a citizen survey. The findings revealed that over the past 10 years, a group of approximately 60 chronic offenders accounted for most of the prostitution, drug, and minor offense arrests in the target area. The response was a two-pronged approach focusing on detecting and discouraging male consumers and on assisting female prostitutes in leaving the business. At the time of project evaluation, the response had not been fully implemented yet police were making progress in their efforts and were developing a means to measure their impact. Overall, the project had an impact on RPD officers, teaching them the principles of problem-oriented policing. Appendixes
Main Term(s): Problem-Oriented Policing; Prostitution
Index Term(s): Community policing; Final reports; Grants or contracts; North Carolina
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