Reducing Drug-related Crime in Target Areas
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The goal of the Lowell SPI was to address drug-related property crime through problem-oriented policing and the SARA model: Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment. In order to avoid some of the traditional problems with SARA implementation, the Lowell SPI team employed a more-sophisticated problem-solving process that assessed the congruence or “fit” among the targeted crime problems and the different elements of the SPI strategy.
- Of 38 offenders targeted in 2012, 61% recidivated, with most new crimes involving some form of property crime.
- Lowell SPI was able to achieve reductions in property crime in almost all SPI hot spots.
- SPI techniques sparked positive organizational change, especially improving relationships between patrol officers and the Crime Analysis and Intelligence Unit.