Cjs 210 Reactive Patrol Checkpoint

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Reactive Patrol Tiawnna Manfull CJS 210 December 07, 2012 Bryan Maglicco Reactive Patrol Reactive means no action can occur without at first some action already occurring. Reactive, or random, patrol is a form of random patrol where patrols are incident driven. Police officers on reactive patrol tend to only respond to crimes after they occur, either by rapid response to a call for service or to a violation or call in progress (Grant & Terry, 2008). The theory behind reactive patrols is that, due to the constant moving of the patrol officers, they will be ready to respond faster to 911 or service calls, therefore, reducing the time between call and response (Grant & Terry, 2008). Proactive, or preventative, patrol is focused or targeted more on specific hot spots, crime problems, or offenders. The goal of proactive patrol is to detect crimes in progress and deter crime by having a routine police presence (Grant & Terry, 2008). There are a couple different downfalls to policing agencies using one form of patrol over the other. One downfall is that if only one of these patrol styles were adopted, the police would lose some of their discretion. Conditions of an officer’s reaction to certain responds would change (Grant & Terry, 2008). With only reactive patrols we would not have officers trying to stop crimes before they happened. Likewise, with only proactive patrols we would have all of our officers positioned in targeted hot spots or crime problem areas and would not have the quick response like what reactive patrols can serve (Grant & Terry, 2008). In order for our policing agencies to succeed in every possible way, both preventative measures for reducing crime and having the ability to send quick response units, they have to incorporate both reactive and proactive patrols. Both types of patrols serve a unique purpose and can be reduced

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