Police Hot Spots Essay

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COMMUNITY POLICING ABSTRACT As of today, the United States continues to be in the middle of the largest economic crisis since the Great Depression. Cities across America struggle to maintain a financial balance with city budgets and its public service workers and in the world of Law Enforcement can result in higher crime rates, more criminals and less police on the street to counter such crime. This is a recipe for disaster. As crime increase in certain areas (hot spots), police implement different strategies to lower crime. This continues to be a work in progress and leaves researchers to wonder…does the strategy police use work? There are challenges in determining what works for police and what doesn’t. This paper will touch on the different type’s validity threats to research and the problems that are present and how this could affect the analysis of the plans set forth by our nation’s law enforcement professionals. Police Effects on Hot Spots Introduction Only a few decades ago, the concept of crime prevention created the image of a police officer visiting and showing a presence in our local schools. Many of the times I remember seeing police in my school interacting with my fellow student, the police would have a canine or police dog by his side. The police would establish a rapport with my fellow students and impart communicate various lessons, such as being aware of our surroundings, not talking to strangers and always remembering to call the police or 911 in case of an emergency. Nationwide, crime prevention programs have evolved significantly over the last 20 years or so. Most people nowadays routinely demonstrate some forms of crime prevention in their daily lives, from avoiding dark areas with higher crime, to locking the doors of homes and protecting the valuables and families we have. In order to better determine the most

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