Problem-Oriented Guides for Police

Mike Scott

This paper describes findings from the Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services-sponsored Problem-Oriented Policing Guides project, which has developed guides to improve the police capacity to address specific crime and disorder problems. Guides describe specific problems, summarize research and practice, and describe measures to determine effectiveness. A central objective of the series is to better connect reseach on crime and disorder with police practice. The guides are the product of extensive review and summary of available international research literature, situational crime prevention initiatives, and police problem-solving efforts. These guides should be useful to police officers in all democratic societies since they draw on international research. Even though the laws, customs, and police practices vary from country to country, it is apparent that the police experience common problems.

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Updated 05/20/2006