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Problem-Oriented Policing

Successful Case Studies, 1st Edition

Edited by Michael S. Scott, Ronald V. Clarke

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Description

Problem-Orientated Policing: Successful Case Studies is the first systematic and rigorous collection of effective problem-oriented policing projects. It includes more than twenty case studies from among the thousands of projects submitted for the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing. The volume describes in detail the case studies and explains the wider significance of each for effective, efficient, and equitable policing.

This book explores a wide range of problems that fall under five general categories: gang violence; violence against women; vulnerable people; disorderly places; and theft, robbery and burglary. The case studies tell stories of how police, in collaboration with others, successfully tackled real-world policing problems fairly and effectively. The authors have also drawn out of the case studies the cross-cutting themes and issues they illustrate. The authors prove that the concept can work, bring to life the context in which police and communities addressed these vexing problems, and, ideally, will inspire future problem-oriented police work that builds upon these reported successes.

Written in a clear and direct style, this book will appeal to students and scholars of policing, criminology, and social studies; police practitioners and crime analysts; and all those who are interested in learning more about the reality of police problem-solving .

Reviews

‘Mike Scott and Ron Clarke have made an important contribution to the literature on problem-oriented policing by bringing together successful case studies and making them available to the field. These case studies are an excellent way to share successful ideas with police officers who are always looking for solutions to the persistent problems they encounter in their work. They also reinforce a thoughtful process for identifying, understanding and responding to problems.’

Darrel W. Stephens, Chief of Police (Ret.), Charlotte-Mecklenburg (North Carolina), St. Petersburg (Florida) and Newport News (Virginia), and former Executive Director, Police Executive Research Forum and Major Cities Chiefs Association

‘This book is an indispensable resource from masters of the field, showing generations of police yet to come how they can do problem-oriented policing with insight, imagination and precision.’

Lawrence Sherman, Professor of Criminology, University of Cambridge

‘Sir Robert Peel fathered the first professional police force in 1829, stressing that "the basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder." This book provides inspirational worked examples of how to do that. Sir Robert would have loved it.’

Ken Pease, Professor of Policing, University of Derby

‘This book will prove invaluable because Ron, Mike and the authors of the case studies have re-visited the initiatives, sometimes decades later. This is the acid test of problem orientation. Some chapters reveal resilient and resounding results, others more ephemeral success. However, the analysis and insights of success or ultimate failure allow the reader to learn and hopefully deliver a policing service focused on prevention and wisdom.

Michael Barton, Chief Constable (Ret.), Durham Constabulary and Visiting Professor, Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, University College London

Table of Contents

Contents

1 Introduction

MICHAEL S. SCOTT AND RONALD V. CLARKE

Part One

Gang violence

2 Youth gang gun violence in Boston, Massachusetts

ANTHONY A. BRAGA

3 Gun violence in Cincinnati, Ohio

TAMARA D. HEROLD AND JOHN E. ECK

4 Gang violence in Enfield, London

LISA TOMPSON AND KATE BOWERS

5 Gang violence and street disorder in Portland, Oregon

KRIS HENNING AND GREG STEWART

6 Gang violence in Aurora, Illinois

BRANDON R. KOOI

Part Two

Violence against women

7 Domestic violence in High Point, North Carolina

DAVID M. KENNEDY

8 Domestic violence in Chula Vista, California

KARIN SCHMERLER, DEBORAH LAMM WEISEL AND JULIE WARTELL

9 Sexual assault of women by illegal-taxicab drivers in London

STEVE BURTON, MANDY MCGREGOR AND GLORIA LAYCOCK

10 Sexual assault of women by illegal-taxicab drivers in Tønsberg, Norway

JOHANNES KNUTSSON

11 Assaults with glasses in bars and clubs in Lancashire, England

RONALD V. CLARKE

Part Three

Vulnerable people

12 Accidental drownings of migrant laborers in Morecambe Bay, England

NICK TILLEY

13 Traffic injuries and fatalities in farm-labor vehicles in California

GARY CORDNER

14 Repeat callers to police in Lancashire, England

STUART KIRBY

15 Opioid abuse in Reno, Nevada

EMMANUEL P. BARTHE, STACY WARD, DEENA R. DEVORE

Part Four

Disorderly places

16 Disorderly day laborers in Glendale, California

ROB T. GUERETTE

17 Crime and disorder at a budget motel in Oakland, California

RONALD V. CLARKE

18 Crime and disorder at budget motels in Chula Vista, California

GISELA BICHLER AND KARIN SCHMERLER

19 Disorderly homeless encampments in Eureka, California

SHARON CHAMARD

20 Crime and disorder in a residential neighborhood in Austin, Texas

MARCUS FELSON

Part Five

Theft, robbery and burglary

21 Robberies of convenience stores in Houston, Texas

NANCY LA VIGNE AND NKECHI ERONDU

22 Construction-site theft and burglary in Port St. Lucie, Florida

RACHEL B. SANTOS AND ROBERTO G. SANTOS

23 Burglary of storage units in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina

JOSEPH B. KUHNS

24 Auto theft in Winnipeg, Manitoba

RICK LINDEN

Part Six

Reflections

25 Problem-oriented public safety

DAVID M. KENNEDY

Index

About the Editors

Michael Scott is clinical professor at Arizona State University’s School of Criminology & Criminal Justice and director of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing which produces and disseminates information about how police can effectively and fairly address specific public-safety problems. He was formerly a clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School; chief of police in Lauderhill, Florida; special assistant to the chief of the St. Louis, Missouri, Metropolitan Police Department; director of administration of the Fort Pierce, Florida, Police Department; a senior researcher at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in Washington, D.C.; legal assistant to the police commissioner of the New York City Police Department; and a police officer in the Madison, Wisconsin, Police Department. In 1996, he received PERF's Gary P. Hayes Award for innovation and leadership in policing.

Ronald V. Clarke is university professor at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice and associate director of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing. Before coming to the United States, he worked for 15 years in the British government’s criminological research department, the Home Office Research and Planning Unit. While there, he led the team that originated situational crime prevention and is now considered to be the leading authority on that approach. In 2015 he was awarded the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. His current research focuses on wildlife crimes.

About the Series

Crime Science Series

Crime science is a new way of thinking about and responding to the problem of crime in society. First, crime science is about crime. Instead of the usual focus in criminology on the characteristics of the criminal offender, crime science is concerned with the characteristics of the criminal event. Second, crime science is about science, advocating an evidence-based, problem-solving approach to crime control. Crime scientists actively engage with front-line criminal justice practitioners to reduce crime by making it more difficult for individuals to offend, and making it more likely that they will be detected if they do offend

The Crime Science series is utilitarian in its orientation and multidisciplinary in its foundations, drawing on disciplines from both the social and physical sciences, including criminology, sociology, psychology, geography, economics, architecture, industrial design, epidemiology, computer science, mathematics, engineering, and biology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC004000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology