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Hot Corridors, Deterrence, and Guardianship: An Assessment of the Omaha Metro Safety Initiative

NCJ Number
Journal of Criminal Justice Volume: 38 Issue: 4 Dated: July/August 2010 Pages: 430-438
John Crank; Connie Koski; Michael Johnson; Eric Ramirez; Andrew Shelden; Sandra Peterson
Date Published
July 2010
9 pages
The purpose of this research is to describe the Omaha Metro Safety Initiative (OMSI) and assess its deterrent effects.
The OMSI, a multi-agency task force, has been carrying out "hot spot" policing practices focused on traffic corridors in high crime areas. The purpose of OMSI operations is to deter crime through a highly visible "guardianship" presence that emphasizes contacts with citizens. Findings showed that a corridor approach was consistent with a "hot spot" policing strategy, in that operations occurred in hi-density crime areas. Nine crime categories were examined to assess the efficacy of 41 operations carried out in 2008. Generally, OMSI revealed a short term deterrent on crime, with the actual deterrent effect associated with the kind of crime assessed. Business crimes tended to show the most consistent operational deterrent effects. Effects also were more consistent in precincts with greater crime density. The paper concludes with recommendations concerning data gathering and operational effectiveness across a multi-agency task force. (Published Abstract)