Pharr, Texas

Testing Place- and Offender-Based Policing

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Site LE Agency
Pharr Police Department

Site Researcher
S. George Vincentnathan, Ph.D., and Lynn Vincentnathan, Ph.D., University of Texas Pan American

Site Focus
Domestic Violence

SPI Strategy
Technology implementation

Site Cohort
2011

Site Profile
Small urban area of 23.42 sq. miles with a population of 71,881

Project Overview

The Pharr Police Department (PPD) SPI sought to address violent (Uniform Crime Report Part 1) crime and neighborhood disorder problems in and around Pharr, Texas, by implementing a comprehensive evidence-based Strategies for Policing Innovation approach. A tactical Strategies for Policing Innovation unit composed of one support civilian staff and one senior crime analyst was created to reduce, address, or otherwise respond to precipitous violent crime, neighborhood disorder, and drug problems. The SPI project goal was to expand the current PPD intelligence program capabilities through place-based, offender-based, and false alarm strategies. The project resulted in a 28 percent decline in burglaries.

Data Highlight

  • In 2010, 18.6 of every 1,000 residents of Pharr was a victim of violent crime.
  • Violent crime accounted for 26.1 percent of Part I crimes in 2010.
  • The SPI project resulted in a 28 percent decline in burglaries in Pharr, TX.
  • Although effects may not be attributable to the false alarm strategy, between 2012 and 2013 Pharr experienced a reduction of 1,071 false alarms, and saved $33,533 and 446 police officer hours.