EXEMPLARY STANDARD II: Prevent & Reduce Crime

EXEMPLARY STANDARD II: PREVENT AND REDUCE CRIME. An Exemplary Policing Agency protects and serves the community by preventing and reducing crime through state-of-the-art law enforcement and other professional strategies.

Preventing and reducing crime remains the most significant mission goal of a policing agency. To achieve this goal, an exemplary agency employs state-of-the-art law enforcement and other professional strategies reduction strategies including deterrence and community problem-solving. To guide its actions and provide criteria for the assessment of success, an agency establishes specific outcome objectives and formulate action plans so that success can be quantified and evaluated.

II(A). Establish Priorities and Specific Objectives. In collaboration with the community, the agency annually establishes and achieves specific crime prevention and reduction objectives for each of the major crime categories tracked by the Uniform Crime Reporting Program and other identified community concerns.

II(B)Produce and Publish Accurate Crime Rate Reports. The agency employs data collection and crime classification policies and procedures to ensure that all incidences of crime, arrests and clearance rates, prosecution and conviction rates, and response times are documented with uniformity and integrity in readily accessible and easy to understand reports.

II(C). Increasing Citizen Reports of Crime. The agency proactively seeks to create a community culture where citizens in all neighborhoods report crimes with confidence that they will be kept safe and that the agency will diligently attempt to identify, apprehend and convict the offender.

II(D). Rapid Response to Urgent Calls. The agency prevents crime and instills public confidence by developing and achieving specific objectives concerning rapid response to urgent calls (e.g., average time from dispatch to officer arrival at scene).

          II(D)(1). Prioritization Policies. Leadership develops policies concerning the prioritization of calls for service and identifying and handling urgent calls.

          II(D)(2). Dispatcher Training. Dispatchers and call-takers are trained to identify and prioritize calls in terms of urgency and to acquire and convey all pertinent information to the officers.

II(E). Prevention, Deterrence, and Reduction Strategies. An exemplary agency employs scientific-based, state-of-the-art crime prevention and reduction strategies, including surveillance, patrolling, deployment, investigation, monitoring, data collection, and other strategies and tactics to meet overall community and neighborhood crime prevention and reduction objectives.

         II(E)1. Knowledgeable Leadership. Leadership ensures that command officers and others regularly engaged in overall strategic planning maintain a high level of knowledge of traditional and emerging crime prevention strategies including programs evaluated by the National Institute of Justice.

          II(E)2. Surveillance. An exemplary agency increases the communities sense of security and detects and deters crimes by providing strategically deployed visible neighborhood and event presence and works with other agencies, organizations and citizens to effectuate or encourage strategically deployment of lighting and cameras on public roads and public places

          II(E)3.    Environmental Deterring Devices. An exemplary agency employs proven crime prevention strategies, including the intelligent use of environmental and physical devices such as locks, emergency phones, fences, bushes and other barriers.

          II(E)4. Field Detentions and Traffic Stops. An exemplary agency employs constitutionally authorized, respectful, fair and impartial crime detection and deterring strategies involving stopping, detaining, interrogating, and where appropriate, searching or frisking suspicious persons on the street or in moving vehicles. The agency ensures that all officers know the law are trained and disciplined to properly employ this technique mindful that real or perceived abused, including racial profiling could badly damage the agency’s credibility and legitimacy.

          II(E)5. Data Driven Policing Strategies. An exemplary policing agency localized mapping data (including identification of crime and crash “hotspots”) in formulating strategic objectives and the tactical deployment of resources.

          II(E)6. Public Education. An exemplary agency employs a robust community education strategy, including promotion of and guidance in establishing neighborhood watch programs and providing crime prevention and safety advice in both live presentations and on its website.

II(F). Reducing Causes of Crime. An exemplary agency employs community and problem-oriented policing strategies including community partnerships and agency programs to reduce underlying causes of crime, especially among youth.


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