Mission-based policing: Rethinking the relationship of police to crime

John Crank, Dawn Irlbeck, Rebecca Murray, Mark Sundermeier

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This paper presents a model of urban policing based on deployment by serious crime. The deployment of line officers transitions from a district-based focus on 'keeping a lid on crime' to permanent staging of personnel within hot zones, based on POP intelligence assessment of serious crime characteristics, and carried out inside a model based on command integrity instead of current, highly decentralized (line-level) decision-making. A strategic model for deployment, based on counter-insurgency practices, enables security to be logically tied to long-term areal development and economic reinvestment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-120
Number of pages18
JournalPolice Practice and Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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