Efforts week 3 discussion 1
To fully understand what kinds of investigative efforts are being made by
police to address real-world problems, select two individual problem solving
guides from the Center for
Problem-Oriented Policing | Problem Guides and assess what police are using to succeed in their
investigative and problem-solving efforts. Summarize then analyze both of the
problem guides you selected, focusing on the positive aspects of the research.
How can this information be utilized and applied in a law enforcement agency?
Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment
is needed in Police Investigative Efforts. As police alone cannot solve or
prevent crimes. As stated in Peak (2012)
“a partnership with the community is essential if the physical and social
problems that plague communities are to be reduced or eliminated” (p.218).
Aggressive Driving and Abandoned Vehicles
Aggressive Driving can be described as
driving dangerously without regarding the safety and courtesy of other persons
and property(Laing C, 2010). Some of the things involved with aggressive
driving include; speeding, racing, failing to signal among other things.
Dangers of this crime include death and injuries due to car accidents.
Analysis of the problem can help you to
better understand the factors contributing to it (Peak, 2012). Some of the factors
that cause people to engage in aggressive driving include; frustration,
demographics, individual traits and environmental conditions.
There are those who have an interest in
aggressive driving As you gather information about that problem. According to
(Laing, 2010, Stakeholders) “you should consider them for the contribution they
might make to gathering information about the problem and responding to it”
(par.1). Some of these are the elected
officials, the media, private businesses,transportation safety advocates, and
road constructors among stakeholders to
name a few. Actions by the police are not often enough.
Asking the right questions can help you
with choosing the appropriate response to the problem. One question is how concerned is the community about
aggressive driving? Who are the ones
that report the problem to the police? Once
you find out about the offenders, and victims, then locations and times Then
you can try to deter Aggressive driving
by some of the following: Enforcing
traffic rules, surveillance technologies, or using automatic number plate
recognition, CCTV. Although, there is no known number for the amount of traffic
fatalities caused by aggressive drivers. Aggressive driving can also lead to
road rage. If a person is confronted by
a aggressive driver thy need to get out of the way of that driver. Don’t look
at them, ignore gestures, and or verbal
attacks. When it is safe stop and call the police, report the aggressive driver.
“Efforts to address aggressive driving
should include a review of your jurisdiction's current regulatory environment.
This will help determine whether police agencies have legislative authority to
address aggressive driving effectively”
The other investigative method is the
issue of abandoned vehicles. These are different types of nuisance vehicles
that are left in public or private land (Maxfield, 2008). In the United States there are no estimates of
the number of abandoned vehicles. Michigan adapted a statewide data system for
tracking these vehicles. But, it is hard to keep a accurate count because there
are so many.
Some of the factors that are considered
to say a vehicle is abandoned include; its condition, the location it is found
and length of time it has beenthere,Cost of safety and emissions compliance, Low-quality
and"orphaned" vehicles, and natural disasters. According
to Maxfield (2008) “Key West and other low-lying islands in the Florida Keys
are further burdened when hurricanes or tropical storms damage many cars”
These abandoned vehicles have some harm
when left, and can be used for drug
drops and obstruct street cleaning. Some of the factors that contribute to
abandoned vehicles include; cost of operating and disposing of vehicles.
However, “Most jurisdictions store abandoned vehicles for some period of time
before destroying those of little or no value, or arranging for them to be
sold” (Maxfield, 2008).
People who have a interest in this
problem are the stakeholders local, state and federal agencies. We need to
analyze a problem then we can come up with a response to solving the problem.
We also need to ask the right questions
like the kind of locations they are being abandoned, and the number of incidents
that are being reported, there are also environmental hazards to consider.
There is also the towing of the vehicles.
“You should take measures of your problem before you implement
responses, to determine how serious the problem is, and after you
implement them, to determine whether they have been effective” (Maxfield, 2008,
Measuring your effectiveness, par. 1).
While trying to clean up Erie County Pa, they conducted Experimental surveys were conducted to
assess the scope of discarded vehicles on county roads. once implementing assortment
and social control measures,
follow-up observation surveys were completed four to 5 months later. “It is critical that you tailor responses to
local circumstances, and that you can justify each response based on reliable
analysis” (Maxfield, 2008).
Laing C, (2010), Problem-Oriented Guides
for Police Problem-Specific Guides Series No. 61: Aggressive
Driving. Retrieved July 6, 2015, fromhttp://www.popcenter.org/problems/PDFs/aggressive_driving.pdf
Peak, K. (2012). Policing America:
Challenges and best practices (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson
Maxfield M.G, (2008), Problem-Oriented
Guides for Police Problem-Specific Guides Series No. 53: Abandoned
Vehicles. Retrieved July 6, 2015, fromhttp://www.popcenter.org/problems/PDFs/abandoned_vehicles.pdf
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