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Big data & policing

As police departments get better at data, software, and computers, the risks associated with using algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) to guide decision making also increase. This column highlights the consequences of targeting based on historical data. This article reports … Continue reading

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Proactive policing — what works

The U.S. National Academies of Sciences has released a review of evidence on the effects of specific proactive policing strategies, including hot spots, focused deterrence, broken windows, and problem solving. Short-term reductions in crime are commonly found, with less evidence … Continue reading

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Herman Goldstein wins Stockholm Prize

This website announces that Herman Goldstein, originator of problem-oriented policing, is the 2017 winner of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. The site has a video of the announcement with a brief interview of the winner; additional information about Goldstein’s career … Continue reading

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Swedes find “amazing” community policing in US city

This article reports a Swedish delegation’s visit to Elgin, Illinois to study community policing. The agency credits its resident officer program, its neighborhood officer program, “its school resource officers, its summer programs and gang interventions in the schools, and its … Continue reading

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Fear of crime in Central America

Between 1/3 and 1/2 of residents of six Central American countries say that fear of crime, including fear of being murdered, affects their daily lives, according to this article. Crime avoidance behaviors interfere with employment and education opportunities and are … Continue reading

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Cincinnati wins 2017 problem-oriented policing award

Cincinnati won the Herman Goldstein award for outstanding problem-oriented policing at the 2017 POP Conference this week in Houston, Texas. This 13-minute video tells the story of the initiative that tackled violent crime in two adjoining neighborhoods. Other finalists were … Continue reading

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Evidence-based policing in South Africa

This article describes some examples of evidence-based policing in South Africa and cites the establishment of a National Research Division within SAPS as an indication of growing emphasis on data and analysis to guide police policies and strategies. Also being … Continue reading

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