Saturday, July 25, 2009

Step 5 - Be True To POP

Have you ever noticed that some people tend to experiment with different techniques of doing things? "A little bit of this, a little bit of that" might work if you are making a pot of stew but it isn't always the best approach for police work. This is why the next step in Crime Analysis For Problem Solvers is to Be True To POP.

Some police managers attracted to problem-oriented policing also apply other strategies, such as community policing, "broken windows" policing, intelligence-led policing, and CompStat. Depending on how these other strategies are implemented, they may or may not be compatible with POP. Even when implemented in a compatible manner, they are not the same as POP. For these reasons it is critical to understand how POP differs from these other strategies. Source: Crime Analysis For Problem Solvers

Step 5 has a really good explanation of how these differing policing strategies differ from Problem Oriented Policing. It also identifies ways in which they are compatible in spite of their differences. At the end of the section there is a link which will pop open a chart that should help you understand the differences in these policing approaches. The overall lesson from Step 5 is not to dilute POP by a careless 'throw everything at a problem and hope something sticks' approach. The most important element of POP is careful analysis and research of your particular problem. Mixing differing policing strategies is often times neither careful nor analytical.

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