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Policing Strategies


Police and researchers have developed a variety of different policing strategies, philosophies, and methods for dealing with crime. Often, different approaches to policing overlap because different groups come up with similar solutions to the same problems. Policing strategies have varying goals including crime prevention, effective use of police resources, or suspect location. Rigorous research can determine which strategies are the most effective in various circumstances.

NIJ-supported researchers are involved in evaluating and developing policing strategies. On this page, find links to articles, publications and more focused on this research.