Hot Spots Policing Strategies For High Risk Crime Essay

1489 WordsOct 21, 20166 Pages
Introduction Due to the evolution of the nature and extent of criminal activities, researchers are now advocating policing strategies that focus on those areas most susceptible to high-risk crimes, as opposed to thinly spreading policing efforts across vast urban landscapes. The findings of the two studies discussed below suggest that hot spots policing tactics may work in certain areas. However, these studies also suggest that a heavy saturation of police patrol in high-risk crime locations may be less effective in particular areas. A common question posed about these studies is why hot spots policing strategies were rated effective in Minneapolis, Minnesota and ineffective in Jacksonville, Florida. Although these studies conclude hot spot policing tactics may work in preventing crime, further research is necessary to assess other important policy-related issues such as community reaction to the hot spots policing strategy. Study 1: Effective Outcome -Minneapolis, Minnesota Hot Spots Policing Experiment In an effort to deter criminal activity, the Minneapolis Police Department has utilized various strategies in the past in order to identify areas with a high rate of reported crime. For one whole year from 1988-1989, an intensification of police presence program was implemented by the Minneapolis Police Department in known areas prone to increased levels of crime. Researchers found a significant drop in crime levels after implementation of this program, and therefore,
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