A few weeks ago I started highlighting resources from the Problem Oriented Policing Center's excellent POP Guide Series after my usual blog post on some news story on crime, law enforcement or crime analysis. I am enjoying posting about these POP Guides so much I am going to forgo the crime story to jump right into the section on the POP Guides. If you can't tell, I really like their POP Guides. For a working crime analyst, they provide a nice concise discussion of various crime problems and strategies to deal with them.
This Week’s Crime Analyst Resource
In this week’s look at the Problem Oriented Policing Center’s excellent POP Guide series we’re going to look at the third guidebook in the series The Problem of Speeding in Residential Areas.
At the agency where I work, the crime analysis unit is the clearinghouse for many of the complaints that come into the department. One of the top complaints that come into my office deals with speeding or other traffic violations.
This POP Guide looks at a number of strategies that can be used to tackle this problem including the obvious: speeding tickets as well as the less obvious such as traffic calming through roadway engineering.
There was a great paragraph in this POP Guide that has an application beyond just dealing with speeding drivers, in fact we’d be smart to heed this advice when dealing with any crime problem.
Law enforcement responses alone are seldom effective in reducing or solving the problem. Do not limit yourself to considering what police can do: carefully consider whether others in your community share responsibility for the problem and can help police better respond to it. The responsibility of responding, in some cases, may need to be shifted toward those who have the capacity to implement more-effective responses.
It’s important to remember that the Problem Analysis Triangle consists of three sides and if we remove any of those sides, the crime will not occur. If solving a crime problem isn’t the direct result of a traditional law enforcement response such as an arrest, does it really matter as long as the problem is solved? We should always look to the easiest and most effective response.
Don't forget, these POP Guides can be viewed on the Problem Oriented Policing Center website, downloaded for free in various formats, as a PDF or an Ebook or you can even order a bound paper copy.