Center for Problem-Oriented Policing

Goldstein Awards 2006

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Winner! Safer Travel at Night Campaign

Transport for London, London, UK – 18 Pages

n 2002 analysis by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) showed that 212 sexual offences were committed by illegal minicab drivers between October 2001 and September 2002; 54 of these entailed rape. Research identified that unlicensed minicabs provided a cover for some of the most serious crime in London including sexual attacks on women. The problem stemmed from a lack of public awareness relating to unlicensed cabs and their dangers; the unregulated and un-enforced market of illegal cabs; and lack of legitimate travel options at night. A partnership was formed to reduce the number of sexual attacks on women in illegal minicabs by both traditional police activity and by cracking down on illegal taxi touts; delivering improved late night travel services and information; and raising public awareness about the risks of using illegal minicabs. Sexual assaults have fallen from an average of 18 women to 10 women a month being attacked in illegal minicabs since 2002. In addition, the percentage of women using illegal minicabs has fallen from 18% to 7% over this period.

Bulldozing - Construction Site Burglary

Port St. Lucie Police Department, Port St. Lucie, FL US – 25 Pages

This project addressed crime at single family-home construction sites which constituted a large proportion of property crime in the city. Using multiple data sources the analysis revealed discernible spatial patterns where the burglaries were occurring; concentrations of thefts among builders such that 20 percent of area builders experienced 70% of the victimization; the majority of crimes required skillful offenders; and in many instances the property was taken when the house was securable. A multifaceted response was implemented and included shifting and sharing the responsibility of implementation with builders; improvement of pattern identification and responses to patterns, educating potential victims and potential guardians, and increasing police guardianship through construction site checks. The project achieved a steady decrease in monthly construction site burglaries over a two year period even while the number of houses under construction increased. Established and continued partnerships with CEOs, buildings supervisors, and the city’s building department were also achieved.

Eliminating Overt Drug Markets

High Point Police Department, High Point, NC US – 12 Pages

This project targeted crime and public safety concerns of violence, disorder, prostitution, economic devaluation and disinvestment stemming from overt drug markets (e.g. street sales, and associated drug houses) in High Point, North Carolina. An operational plan was developed that addressed individual geographic drug markets that directly engaged drug dealers and their families; created (but rarely employed) clear, predictable sanctions; offered a range of services and help; and mobilized community and even offender standards about right and wrong. Over the two-year implementation period, the overt drug markets were eliminated. No outside or additional resources were used. There was no apparent displacement, and clear diffusion of benefits was experienced. Many drug dealers are now gainfully employed and community conditions in the drug market areas have dramatically improved. Police/community relations and race relations generally in the city have also improved.

Thorpe Close Neighborhood Policing Initiative

Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire, UK – 49 Pages

This project targeted crime, disorder and decay on a public housing estate. Community consultation and interrogation of partner and police data recording systems identified Thorpe House, a block of 20 dwellings as the center of the problem. In 2004 the area accounted for 47 reported crimes and 170 calls to service. A multi-agency partnership between police and community associations formulated a multi-faceted response which entailed situational prevention measures, targeted enforcement, demolition of problem buildings, and grounds maintenance, among others. Substantial effects of the response included an 86 percent reduction in drug crime and 60 percent reduction in violent crime. Calls for service were also reduced by 40 percent.