"These 'powerful few' hot spots are responsible for many of the disorder problems in Seattle," according to the Office of the City Auditor's report.The story also includes a link to the study itself. (I nabbed a copy and will be pouring over it this week.) It includes a detailed analysis of several other cities' successful hot spot policing programs. One comment from the report that stands out on my initial skimming is that they consider a Problem Oriented Policing approach an important component for each of the successful programs.
The report concludes that it would be more efficient and effective for SPD to focus on the 1,500 hot spots responsible for half the city's crime than to attempt to focus on the equivalent 6,108 offenders responsible for the same amount of crime each year.
How is your agency focusing their efforts to get the greatest return on their law enforcement dollars?
Thanks to Bob in Aberdeen, WA for the heads up!