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Police Chief, Volume 79, Issue 3, March 2012

NCJ Number
Police Chief Volume: 79 Issue: 3 Dated: March 2012 Pages: 1-74
Charles E. Higginbotham
Date Published
March 2012
74 pages
Four feature articles address issues in implementing community-policing concepts in 21st-century policing, and two feature articles focus on increasing police clearance rates through the use of video alarms and how to prepare a law enforcement agency for civil disturbances.
"Policing Our Nation's Capital Using 21st Century Principles" describes the policing philosophy that has proven effective for reducing violent crime in the District of Columbia (DC). "Sustaining Police Operations at an Efficient and Effective Level under Difficult Economic Times" focuses on cost-effective policing through the regionalization of resources and using research findings in limiting police operations to those that have proven effective based on independent research. "Organizational Management and Service Sustainability Through Volunteers: The Force Multipliers" profiles Volunteers in Police Service (VIP) program, whose stated aim is to "provide support and resources for agencies interested in developing or enhancing a volunteer program and for citizens who wish to volunteer their time and skills with a community law enforcement agency." "Is Your Agency an Integrated Strategic Management System?" promotes a police management philosophy that fosters or even mandates both internal and external cooperation as an organizational philosophy, including an expectation of cooperation and sharing the organization's vision among all administrative functions and operational strategies. "Arresting Results: How One District Achieved a 70 percent Closure Rate with Video Alarms" explains how video intrusion alarms installed to protect vacant schools from intrusion after school hours has enabled Detroit K-9 officers to respond to what they know is an actual burglary. The short video clip of the burglar on officer cell phones has proven invaluable in making arrests. "Civil Disturbance Readiness: How Ready Is Your Agency?" contends that the key to effective control of civil disturbances is continuous pre-planning and the use of mobile tactics.