Strategies to Address Gang Crime

Strategies to Address Gang Crime: A Guidebook for Local Law Enforcement

Source: 

Community Oriented Policing Services (April 2008)

Author(s): 

Scott H. Decker

To assist law enforcement and parents in identifying and addressing gang crime, the COPS Office has developed a variety of tools and resources including Strategies to Address Gang Crime: A Guidebook for Local Law Enforcement. Author Scott H. Decker, PhD provides information about developing and enhancing local law enforcement responses to gangs in their jurisdictions. The focus of the guidebook is on the use of problem-solving strategies to help agencies select the interventions most appropriate for their jurisdictions. In particular, the guidebook describes the SARA model (Scanning, Analysis, Response and Assessment), a strategic problem-solving process with which local law enforcement is familiar and can apply to its local gang problem. This is the must-have resource to help law enforcement understanding the factors that contribute to their gang problem and select appropriate responses.

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