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date: 30 September 2020

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Problem-oriented policing calls for the police to identify recurring crime problems, analyze the underlying conditions that cause identified crime problems to persist, implement appropriate responses tailored to address these conditions, and assess the relative value of these new responses. This essay examines the principles, practice, and crime prevention effects of problem-oriented policing. Practical experience suggests that it is often difficult for police officers to implement problem-oriented policing properly. Nevertheless, the available evaluation evidence shows that the problem-oriented approach generates noteworthy crime and disorder reduction impacts. Even when problem-oriented policing is not properly executed, implemented responses generate desirable crime control gains. This suggests that problem-oriented policing is a robust strategy to address recurring crime problems.

Keywords: problem-oriented policing, police, crime problems, crime reduction, disorder reduction

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