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

NCJ Number
Criminology and Public Policy Volume: 9 Issue: 1 Dated: February 2010 Pages: 139-172
Date Published
February 2010
34 pages

This study examined the effectiveness of problem-oriented policing in reducing crime and disorder.


Findings from the study found that problem-oriented policing (POP) approaches have a statistically significant effect on the outcomes examined. Specifically, POP as an approach has significant promise to ameliorate crime and disorder problems broadly defined. It is recommended that much greater effort be invested and resources to identify the specific approaches and tactics that work best in combating specific types of crime problems. Despite widespread adoption of POP, no effort has been made to review the research on POP systematically and to assess whether its wide adoption is merited by the scientific evidence available. This study, supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice conducted a Campbell systematic review to examine the effectiveness of POP in reducing crime and disorder. Of the more than 5,500 articles and reports found, only 10 methodologically rigorous evaluations met the criteria for the study. Tables, figures, and references

Date Published: February 1, 2010