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The research revolution in police work has uncovered a multitude of data, but this contemporary knowledge has done very little to change the way things are done in most police departments across the U.S., where the prevalent form of policing is based on the traditional model of district assignments and random preventive patrol. Mission-Based Policing unveils a new paradigm that transitions policing away from practices that while long-held, have inadequately dealt with serious crime.
Drawn from the work of scholars on the cutting edge of police research, this volume argues for a radical shift in the way policing is approached. It provides concrete recommendations for the fundamental reorganization of the policing institution and presents a comprehensive planning regimen for urban problems that encompasses security, urban reinvestment, and public planning. Introducing an innovative, practical model for problem-oriented policing in high crime areas, the book uncovers:
Outlining a specific methodology for police redeployment, the book highlights the importance of hot spot presence, command integrity, and fundamental organizational change that has as its end goal long term reduction in crime statistics through effective crime prevention practices.
Introduction: Thinking about Crime’s End
Part I: Toward a Mission-based Model of Policing
The Unasked Question
The Relationship Between Police and Crime
Redesigning American Police, Principles 1 and 2: Focus and Effectiveness
Redesigning American Police, Principles 3 and 4: Deployment and Integrity
The Principle of Mission’s End: Logical Lines of Operation
The Integration of Urban Planning, Economic Development, and Security
Model Integration and Staging Lines of Operation
Part II: Hot Zone Redeployment and Command Restructuring: A Practical Example
Hot Spots and Police Districts
Toward a Mission-Based Command and Deployment Structure
" … will likely generate a degree of interest in academia as well as contribute substantially to the ongoing conversation on crime-control strategies in urban areas."
—Hugh J Martin, in Security Management
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