Center for Problem-Oriented Policing

Model POP Curriculum

Designed by Joe Kuhns & Nancy Leach

About the Course

This 14-16 week modular course has been designed for undergraduates who may already have taken an introductory course in criminal justice or policing. The modules may be adapted to graduate-level education, pre-service police training, in-service police training, and/or community-based training, even online delivery.

Included in the complete curriculum are the following components:

The following textbook is recommended for this course regardless of the students/setting:

Braga, Anthony (2008). Problem-Oriented Policing and Crime Prevention. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press.

Additional recommended readings for graduate-level courses and similar settings are listed within each module.

Syllabus Outline

  1. Problem-oriented policing and problem-solving ZIP
  2. Crime theories and situational crime prevention ZIP
  3. Researching/scanning and analyzing problems ZIP
  4. Returning to the crime triangle – responding to places, offenders, and targets/victims ZIP
  5. Assessing your problem solving strategy and other challenges to implementing pop projects ZIP