Crime is geographically concentrated – this is an established empirical reality when it comes to crime and is the foundation of Hot Spots Policing. Dallas, Tacoma, San Antonio, and Salt Lake City employed this as part of their city wide violent crime reduction strategy and found significant outcomes. This webinar explores the impact analysis of the strategy in these cities.
Here to share the outcomes of the multi-city initiative are University of Texas at San Antonio’s
- Michael R. Smith, Professor in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice and director of the Center for Applied Community & Policy Research
- Rob Tillyer, Professor in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice and the Associate Dean of Graduate Student Success in the College for Health, Community and Policy
- Brandon Tregle, Assistant professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Specifics discussed in the webinar include:
- A backgrounder on the “Crime Plan”.
- How it is based on the empirical evidence that emphasizes the geographic concentration of crime and that a small number of offenders account for majority of the crime.
- The three components of the crime plan that became the basis of and were layered together to create the crime plan strategy used by cities that implemented the program.
- Hot Spots Policing
- How the cities were divided and how the treatment plans were structured to focus on the goal of identifying the specific locations that disproportionally contribute to the violence in the city.
- The treatment plans used to prioritize limited resources and determined by the needs of the community and what each of these look like.
- Problem-Oriented Strategy
- How it aims to holistically address the underlying conditions that drive the criminal activities and victimization in communities.
- How various agencies and stakeholders worked together to understand and address the community problems comprehensively.
- Focused Deterrence
- How focusing on the high-risk offenders through collaborative approaches prevents them from engaging in violence.
- A rundown of the impact analysis across Dallas, Tacoma, San Antonio, and Salt Lake City.
- Violent crime incidence and trends: How violent crime was reduced across the board.
- Calls for service: How violent calls for service reduced across the four cities and likewise impacted all calls for service.
- Fidelity to treatment plan: The significant fidelity rates across the agencies and how these are evaluated and reported.
- Reflecting on how much of the reductions can be specifically attributed to the crime plan.
- Hot Spots contribution to city-wide crime that looked at how the treatment actually impacted violent crime rates by comparing them to similar “control” locations.
- Looking at how treatment impacted officer activity in Hot Spots by looking at traffic stops, routine investigations, and arrests.
Questions from the webinar attendees are on:
- The process of determining the hot spots.
- The work entailed to develop the strategies for the hot spots based on data.
- How many treatments are ongoing at each specific time.
- Resolving the multi apartment complex problem.
- Utilizing different law enforcement technology to aid with data gathering and analysis.
Resources and Handouts
- Article Referenced: Hot Spots Policing a Part of a City-Wide Violent Crime Reduction Strategy: Initial Evidence from Dallas
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- “As a Crime Analyst in an evidence-based PD. This was great to steer me in the right direction and to know what I am doing is what I should be doing. I liked the linear regression charts where you looked at the difference in time.”
- “Nice Presentation, Presenters well informed and very knowledgeable about the subject matter.”
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- “LOVED THE ZOOM ON HOTSPOTS POLICING. I WILL BE SURE TO PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO MY DEPARTMENT AND ALSO USE THIS INFORMATION WHEN I SHARE INTEL WITH OUR OFFICERS.”
- “Great webinar! I found the material presented to be helpful in my current position. I am working on a similar project with my agency and the information presented provided me with suggestions for my project.”
- “I enjoyed seeing how the data supported more police visibility to reduce crime in hot spot areas.. I am interested in some more details about collaborations law enforcement had with other stakeholders in specific spots. Also how they address high offenders and what they used to move to another activity than a life of crime.”
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