Policing Case Studies
Compare two of the “Cop in Action” case studies from Chapters
Three, Four, or Five of the textbook. The two cases I chose are the Kansas City Gun
Experiment and The East Dallas Police Storefront.
the specific details that identify the course of action as a representation of one
of the three policing models described. What characteristics specific
to that particular policing model lead to successful implementation within the
The Kansas City Gun Experiment
Dallas Store Front
Oliver, W. (2008). Community-oriented
policing: A systematic approach to policing (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River,
NJ: Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN 13: 978-0-13-158987-2
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This is what someone else wrote to give you a example Operation cease fire, Boston, Massachusetts
will be the first Cop In Action case study I will discuss. The Boston
department focused their attention on high crime areas of violence tied to gang
activity. They began by spreading the word to the gangs through many
channels such as patrolman, task force members and street workers to warn the
gangs that if violence erupted, swift action would be taken and severe
penalties would be imposed. Once the message was out on the streets, it
did not take long for a gang to challenge them so when a violent outbreak
occurred, the department responded with swift retaliation and many members were
arrested (Oliver, 2008).
This describes the strategic oriented policing strategy to the letter as the
department focused on one particular crime base and put resources, a plan and
brought community involvement in to allow for its success. The department
also instituted a gun-tracking program that used a federal database with local
knowledge to allow for the department to track the most used weapons in crimes
to who owned them within the gangs of the community. Again, using the
specific strategy to eliminate a criminal activity which is what strategic
oriented policing is (Oliver, 2008).
Horseplay brings officers closer to the community is the second Cops In Action
case study I will discuss. This was done in Viginia Beach, Virginia where
the department focused on portion of their community that was below the poverty
line and had a high crime rate. They took the mounted patrolman unit and
created a program to invite young children from that area to come out and work
with the horses. Some of the children had never seen a horse before and
so as they advanced through the program, they eventually got to ride the horse
and put on a show for the community and were awarded prizes (Oliver,
This is a typical program of neighborhood oriented policing that takes a
program such as this and brings the department and community together.
Results from this were that relationships were built between the officers and
the children and when the parents and families were able to see their children
putting on a show with the police department, it added a positive outlook on the
department within the community. This would have a positive impact on
cooperation within the community and would allow for the children to respect
and like policemen and not fear them.
In each example, specific targets were identified and a specific plan was
developed to address the issue and eliminate the criminal element. The
Boston Police Department identified a specific element and group that they
wanted to focus their attention on and created the program to reduce their
influence and activity in their community. The Virginia Beach Department
created a neighborhood-oriented program that would put officers in the
community and build a working relationship. Both examples were a positive
approach to community policing.
W. (2008). Community Oriented Policing A Sytematic Approach To Policing.
New Jersey: Pearson