The e-newsletter of the COPS Office | Volume 1 | Issue 10 | October 2008

New from COPS

Crime Prevention Research Reviews No. 3:
Does Neighborhood Watch Reduce Crime?

Cover: Crime Prevention Research Review #3 The third publication in the Crime Prevention Research Review series, this report summarizes the findings from all rigorous academic studies evaluating Neighborhood Watch. The meta-analysis finds that Neighborhood Watch is associated with a reduction in crime. The analysis is based on very few studies due to the lack of randomized experiments in evaluating Neighborhood Watch. Policy implications include recommending more experimental design evaluations of Neighborhood Watch and encouraging police to utilize programs like Neighborhood Watch that work best in their local area.
www.cops.usdoj.gov/RIC/ResourceDetail.aspx?RID=460.

Promoting Cooperative Strategies to Reduce Racial Profiling

Cover: Strategies to Reduce Racial Profiling This evaluation is an examination of the successes and challenges of the COPS- funded Promoting Cooperative Strategies to Reduce Racial Profiling program. As the federal leader in police integrity, this document will further the COPS Office success in helping law enforcement agencies continue to provide a high level of public safety while respecting the rights of all individuals they serve.
www.cops.usdoj.gov/RIC/ResourceDetail.aspx?RID=468.

Evaluation of a Pilot Community Policing Program:
The Pasadena Police-Community Mediation and Dialog

Cover: The Pasadena Police-Community Mediation This purpose of this document is to provide practitioners with information on the Police-Community Mediation and Dialog Program in Pasadena, California—a diverse city of 133,000 residents adjacent to Los Angeles. This is an innovative effort to overcome frayed relationships between the Pasadena police and the city's African- American and Latino populations using concepts of alternative dispute resolution techniques—mediation and dialog—in community forums facilitated by mediators. As the federal leader in police integrity, this document will further the COPS Office success in helping law enforcement agencies continue to provide a high level of public safety while respecting the rights of all individuals they serve.
www.cops.usdoj.gov/RIC/ResourceDetail.aspx?RID=467.

POP Guide – Abandoned Vehicles

Cover: Abandoned Vehicles POP Guide This guide begins by describing the problem of abandoned vehicles and reviewing factors that increase its risks. It then identifies a series of questions to help you analyze your local abandoned-vehicle problem. Finally, it reviews responses to the problem, and what is known about them from evaluative research and police practice.
www.cops.usdoj.gov/RIC/ResourceDetail.aspx?RID=469.

POP Guide – Bicycle Theft

Cover: Bicycle Theft POP Guide This guide addresses bicycle theft, beginning by describing the problem and reviewing the factors that contribute to it. It then identifies a series of questions to help you analyze your local bicycle theft problem. Finally, it reviews responses to bicycle theft and describes the findings of evaluative research and operational policing.
www.cops.usdoj.gov/RIC/ResourceDetail.aspx?RID=470.

POP Guide – Spectator Violence in Stadiums

Cover: Spectator Violence POP Guide There are over 360 stadiums and arenas in the U.S., and while some share similar features, each is unique. Policing crowds in stadiums is a difficult task as police are often forced to balance the interests of many different parties (e.g., performers who want audience participation, owners and vendors who wish to generate profits). This guide addresses the problem of spectator violence in stadiums and other arena-type settings. It begins with a discussion of the factors that contribute to such incidents. It then presents a list of questions to help local law enforcement analyze problems of spectator violence in their jurisdiction. Finally, it reviews responses to the problem and what is known about them from evaluative research and police practice. www.cops.usdoj.gov/RIC/ResourceDetail.aspx?RID=466.

Back to top | Printer Friendly Version