What is Known About the Effectiveness of Police Practices?

Prepared for “Understanding the Crime Decline in NYC” funded by the Open Society Institute, September 2011

Hebrew University of Jerusalem Legal Research Paper

65 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2015

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Cody Telep

George Mason University

David L. Weisburd

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

Date Written: September 2011

Abstract

We will first briefly review the sources of research evidence we consulted for this review. We then turn to our review of what police should be doing, what police should not be doing, and what we currently know too little about (but which police are currently engaging in). We cover a broad span of police strategies, focusing in particular on a number of innovations in policing that have developed over the past 20 to 30 years (see Weisburd & Braga, 2006). After reviewing the research evidence, we discuss the implications for policing and compare what we know about what strategies police are currently using to what we know is most effective, focusing in particular on strategies in the NYPD.

Keywords: crime, criminology, NYPD, research, police, strategies

Suggested Citation

Telep, Cody and Weisburd, David L., What is Known About the Effectiveness of Police Practices? (September 2011). Prepared for “Understanding the Crime Decline in NYC” funded by the Open Society Institute, September 2011, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Legal Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2632686

Cody Telep

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David L. Weisburd (Contact Author)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem ( email )

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

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Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Scopus
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Israel

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