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George E. Capowich & Janice A. Roehl

In: The Challenge of Community Policing: Testing the Promises

Chapter 7: Problem-Oriented Policing: Actions and Effectiveness in San Diego

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Problem-Oriented Policing: Actions and Effectiveness in San Diego
Problem-oriented policing: Actions and effectiveness in San Diego
George E.Capowich
Janice A.Roehl

Problem-oriented policing (POP) is part of the family of reforms generically referred to as community policing. The development of problem-oriented policing occurred simultaneously with the development of community policing (Goldstein, 1990), yet these two policing strategies are just as often combined (Goldstein, 1987; Wilson & Kelling, 1989) as separated (Eck & Spelman, 1987b; Trojanowicz & Bucqueroux, 1989). Although problems—drug dealing, burglaries, mischief-making teenagers—are the common focus of both, the way the community is defined differs. In a community-oriented approach, a geographically based community with particular problems is first and foremost the policing target. In a problem-oriented approach, a specific problem is targeted, with the community of interest involved ...

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