NYPD and Problem-Oriented Policing

William H. Sousa, Rutgers University

Over the last decade, much attention has been given to the crime reduction tactics performed by the New York City Police Department. This attention often focuses on those tactics, such as 'order-maintenance' and Compstat, that are well publicized by academics and journalists. While these tactics are important to the crime-reduction story in New York, often overlooked is a strategy of problem-oriented policing performed at the local level. Similar to the SARA model of police problem-solving, NYPD's problem-solving model - Accurate and Timely Intelligence; Rapid Deployment; Effective Tactics; and Follow-up and Assessment - is routinely employed by precinct personnel in order to manage crime problems in local neighborhoods. This paper examines data collected from a multiple-case study of six NYPD police precincts. Information from analyses of precinct crime trends, interviews with precinct personnel, and observations of strategy meetings is used to demonstrate the effectiveness of NYPD's model of problem solving.

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