What he said about problem-oriented policing was not really specific, but is sounded good to me. He said it does three things:
1) It broadens the information police use to understand crime, like census data and other information that criminologists and sociologists use.Capowich rated the three ways to reduce violence:
He said, “One of the characteristics about violence is that it is very situational. It happens at the spur of the moment. It’s based on past relationships and the circumstances that are present on the street. Problem-oriented policing tries to find, does find the information that bears on that, it uses that, it analyzes that whole gamut of information to try and craft responses and solutions.”
2) It relies heavily on active engagement of law enforcement with the community, including the people who live in the communities and the organizations, non-profits, and city departments that operate in the communities.
He made an interesting point about the relationship between non-profit organizations and the city: “The non-profit sector in this community accounts for 12% of the employment in social services in this city. That is very high. In many cities around the country those are things that citizens expect to get from their government. In New Orleans, you get it from the non-profit community.”
3) It has very specific implementation: scanning (analyzing information), crafting a response, implementing it, and evaluating it.
1) Law enforcement only: least effectiveThis approach uses reactive as well as preventive strategies. I like it.
2) Law enforcement strategies coupled with good community relations: more effective
3) Law enforcement strategies, with good community relations, and police problem-oriented approaches: most effective