COPPS has been around for a period of time and has been adopted in some
police jurisdictions throughout the nation. According to Peak, Gaines,
& Glensor, “COPPS is a proactive philosophy that promotes solving
problems that are criminal, affect our quality of life, or increase our
fear of crime, as well as other community issues. COPPS involves
identifying, analyzing, and addressing community problems at their source”
(Peak, Gaines, & Glensor, 2010).
different from traditional policing, because the traditional policing
operated only by the nature of a problems that occurred (reactive) and did
not involve the response from the community and as a result, the
traditional police responded longer to calls. However, COPPS operates more
freely of the problem itself which is proactive. COPPS is more involved
within their community, more organizations, and consults with community
leaders in taking the right action toward a situation. COPPS respond time
to calls more quickly, and work closely within the community.
four steps of S.A.R.A.:
Analysis, Response and Assessment.
can be used in the reduction of crime by “providing officers with a logical
step-by-step framework to identify, analyze, respond to, and elevate crime,
the fear of crime, and neighborhood disorder” (Peak, Gaines, & Glensor,
2010). For example, in the city of Atlanta, there was a report of incidents
toward cars being broken into on a daily basis. It was told that
the thieves were actually smashing the windows of vehicles and snatching
anything they felt that was of value. SARA can help reduce/stop this
particular crime by first gathering information from participants in the
community include the media reports, having officers monitor the hotspots
located in area frequently, and get a good description of the perpetrator
from members of the community as well as mapping the location of how many
times this crime has occurred.
K., Gaines, L. & Glensor, R. (2010). Police supervision and
management in an era of community policing (3rd ed.) Upper saddle, NJ:
Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN: 9780135154663