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Problem-Solving Policing: Eliminating Hot Spots

NCJ Number
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Volume: 68 Issue: 11 Dated: November 1999 Pages: 9-14
Loreen Wolfer Ph.D.; Thomas E. Baker M.Ed.; Ralph Zezza
Date Published
6 pages
This article discusses how implementing problem-solving policing can lower the level and fear of crime in the community.
The article describes how law enforcement agencies can address crime in particular areas of a community using the SARA (scanning, analysis, response, and assessment) model of problem solving. Criminals do not move randomly through neighborhoods; they usually follow a predictable pattern. Police use templates to understand offender patterns and predict likely courses of action. In addition, crime prevention surveys can help police officers eliminate the motives, opportunities and means for individuals to commit crimes. Citizens can aid the police by getting involved in crime prevention through Neighborhood Watch and other community programs. Accurate criminal intelligence is essential to the process of analysis and the ultimate success of problem-solving policing. Once departments acquire the necessary data, they can develop and implement analyses and specific responses to eliminate one or all of the sides of the crime triangle: the offender, the victim, and the location of the crime. Notes