Compstat: Problem Oriented Policing

Problem oriented policing
Problem oriented is a policing strategy that was developed by Herman Goldstein. Unlike other policing strategies, problem oriented policing advocates for the application of assessment and analysis in addressing crime and disorder problems in order to come up with effective response strategies. Compared with other policing strategies, problem oriented policing presents law enforcers with a multilayered approach to addressing crimes and averting others before they take place (Boba & Santos, 2011). Moreover, the strategy also involves subjecting distinct pieces of policing work to microscopic analysis with the expectation that what is newly learnt about each problem will help in developing a new and effective way of
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Unlike other policing strategies, CompStat presents law enforcers with a unique way of gathering, analyzing and mapping crime data and other law enforcement measures on regular basis. Unlike community based and problem oriented policing, CompStat stresses accountability all levels as well as quick identification problems and coming up with creative solutions (Shane, 2007). CompStat mainly focuses on street-level and high crime areas, and also drives short-term accountability to upcoming crime challenges. In other words, CompStat helps precise and timely analysis of disorder and crime data, which is then used in identifying crime patterns and problems.
Based on the resultant analysis, police develop personalized responses that are implemented through rapid deployment of resources and personnel. Unlike other policing strategies, CompStat involves implementing an accountability structure to guarantee that the analysis is acted upon and all resources are implanted accordingly (Shane, 2007). Moreover, it also involves carrying out assessments to check whether the adopted responses are effective in combating crime and disorder or not. Four major principles namely timely and accurate intelligence, effective tactics, rapid deployment and relentless assessments and follow-up guide CompStat.
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This is because each strategy has its advantages and shortcomings. Regardless of the strategy adopted by law enforcement, the community expects crime to be eliminated and the causal factors addressed. A best practice model for policing should comprise of community oriented policing and zero tolerance policing strategies. As pointed out earlier, community oriented policing involves engaging the community in addressing matters concerning crime. This makes the community feel as part of crime reduction therefore making them more receptive to police initiatives. On its part, zero tolerance policing strategy helps in reducing crimes by making the presence of law enforcers felt in the community. Despite the fact that community oriented policing and zero tolerance strategies are not mutually exclusive, both are important within the community. Community oriented policing should act as the bedrock for all policing strategies because it is very effective in addressing issues regarding prevention of crime and detection at the source. Moreover, it helps identify antisocial behavior early in institutions like schools and colleges. However, if community based policing strategy fails, zero tolerance should be used. Great care should be taken when using zero tolerance to ensure that basic human rights and individual liberties are not

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