Since the first Executive Session on Policing began in 1985, scientific inquiry has created a growing body of knowledge to inform innovative crime prevention strategies. In the final paper of the New Perspectives in Policing series, Anthony A. Braga reviews research on the effectiveness of these strategies, concluding that police should adopt a flexible community problem-solving approach to dealing with crime drawing upon specific programs that fit local community needs.
At its core, this approach seeks to balance effective crime prevention strategies with maintaining positive community perceptions of the quality and appropriateness of police services. Community engagement in developing appropriately focused strategies helps build the community’s trust and confidence in the police and improve cooperation.
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