Is Problem-Oriented Policing Effective in Reducing Crime and Disorder? Findings from a Campbell Systematic Review

Criminology and Public Policy 9 (1): 139-172.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem Legal Research Paper

34 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2015

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David L. Weisburd

Hebrew University of Jerusalem; George Mason University - The Department of Criminology, Law & Society; Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law

Cody Telep

George Mason University

Joshua Hinkle

University of Maryland

John Eck

University of Cincinnati

Date Written: July 17, 2015

Abstract

We conducted a Campbell systematic review to examine the effectiveness of problem-oriented policing (POP) in reducing crime and disorder. After an exhaustive search strategy that identified more than 5,500 articles and reports, we found only ten methodologically rigorous evaluations that met our inclusion criteria. Using meta-analytic techniques, we found an overall modest but statistically significant impact of POP on crime and disorder. We also report on our analysis of pre/post comparison studies. Although these studies are less methodologically rigorous, they are more numerous. The results of these studies indicate an overwhelmingly positive impact from POP.

Keywords: problem-oriented policing, Campbell systematic review, police effectiveness, metaanalysis

Suggested Citation

Weisburd, David L. and Telep, Cody and Hinkle, Joshua and Eck, John, Is Problem-Oriented Policing Effective in Reducing Crime and Disorder? Findings from a Campbell Systematic Review (July 17, 2015). Criminology and Public Policy 9 (1): 139-172. ; Hebrew University of Jerusalem Legal Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2632671

David L. Weisburd (Contact Author)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem ( email )

Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, IL Jerusalem 91905
Israel

George Mason University - The Department of Criminology, Law & Society ( email )

4400 University Drive
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Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Scopus
Mount Scopus, IL 91905
Israel

Cody Telep

George Mason University ( email )

4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

Joshua Hinkle

University of Maryland ( email )

College Park
College Park, MD 20742
United States

John Eck

University of Cincinnati ( email )

Cincinnati, OH 45221-0389
United States

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