Problem-Oriented Policing

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In the last three decades, several concepts have been advanced to organize efforts to improve policing. Among them have been team policing, neighborhood policing, community policing, zero-tolerance policing and problem-oriented policing. Herman Goldstein was the first to propose problem-oriented policing in 1979. Problem-oriented policing is a policing strategy that involves the identification and analysis of specific crime and disorder problems, in order to develop effective response strategies in conjunction with ongoing assessment. The emphasis in problem-oriented policing is on directing attention to the broad range of problems the community expects the police to handle–the problems that constitute the business of the police and on …show more content…
Problem-oriented policing offers police agencies a model for addressing the underlying conditions that created and cause other problems of concern to the community.
Another example would be that problem-oriented policing recognizes the expertise that line officers have developed in their police careers, and allows them to use this expertise to study problems and develop creative solutions to those problems. Experience in departments around the country has shown that line officers are capable of contributing much more to the resolution of crime and other community problems than what we presently ask of them. Officers engaged in problem-oriented policing have expressed greater job satisfaction and exhibited a keener interest in their work. Problem-oriented policing also entails a greater and closer involvement by the public in police work. Communities must be consulted to ensure that police are addressing the needs and concerns of the citizens. Community involvement and support are key ingredients if police agencies hope to find long-term solutions to recurrent problems. Lastly, problem-oriented policing recognizes that a great deal of the information needed to thoroughly understand a problem is not contained in a police agency's files. As a result, problem-solving officers are encouraged to draw on


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