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Problem Oriented Policing


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A method of policing based on problem solving. It was developed in the USA and has been adopted by police forces and other agencies in England and Wales. Its aim is to identify and solve underlying problems within communities, rather than simply responding to individual incidents. Police, communities, and local agencies are encouraged to work together to identify specific problems that cause incidents and tackle them together. POP is implemented by a systematic way of managing crime reduction work. This approach is known by the acronym SARA, representing the four stages of the process: Scanning: problems are identified using local knowledge and data from a wide range of organizations. Analysis: the data are used to identify the problems caused. Response: solutions are devised to solve the problem using situational and social approaches. Assessment: review to see if the solution worked and what lessons can be learnt.

Scanning: problems are identified using local knowledge and data from a wide range of organizations.

Analysis: the data are used to identify the problems caused.

Response: solutions are devised to solve the problem using situational and social approaches.

Assessment: review to see if the solution worked and what lessons can be learnt.

Subjects: Law.


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