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Police Benchmark Cities Survey

Several years ago I accidentally discovered the “benchmark cities survey” and I haven’t heard it talked about in academic and policing circles. It is a fantastic resource. the Survey consists of 5 major areas: Demographics, Budget, General Performance & Service Measures, Crime & Clearance, NIBRS Crime & Clearance, and Traffic Safety. Below are links to a few different years of the survey. This survey would be helpful for police in making knowledge based decisions, students for a police administration course, and academic research.

In 1997, a group of police chiefs from around the country established the benchmark cities survey, which created measurement tool to help ensure police departments provide the best service possible within their respective communities. Overland Park Police Department has taken the lead in compiling the survey results. The survey, updated annually, provides a range of information about each department. With that information, the participating agencies can set better goals and objectives, and compare their performance in the various areas.
The Overland Park Police Department 2020 Survey can be found HERE

The Olathe Police Department (OPD) has links to the 2019 benchmark city survey – HERE

  • The Lawrence KS PD combined all the PowerPoint presentations into a single presentation:
    • The 2019 presentation can be accessed HERE and
    • The 2018 Presentation is HERE
    • The 2017 Presentation HERE
    • I can’t find a report for 2016
    • The 2015 report is HERE
    • The 2014 report can’t be located
    • The 2013 report can be found HERE
    • Thank you Lawrence PD!!!!!

Psychology, Not Circumstances | Manhattan Institute

Among many criminologists, advocates, and policymakers, it is an article of faith that the socioeconomic “root causes” of serious crime must be addressed in order to reduce lawbreaking. However, the enormous crime declines over the course of the late 1990s and early 2000s occurred without…
— Read on www.manhattan-institute.org/understanding-crime-as-entitlement

Philadelphia is setting a “curfew” for minors

“Philadelphia City Council seems poised to enact a 10 p.m. curfew for minors this summer in what Council members described as an effort to keep young people safe amid an unrelenting gun violence crisis”. See the article HERE (note there might be a paywall)

Is safety for minors the true goal of the curfew? Does the data for police calls for service and police contact show that there is a significant issue with youth and gun violence late in the evenings in Philadelphia? This is the biggest youth problem? Will a curfew stem youth and gun activity? It seems like gun violence is a more serious threat then being on the streets past curfew so why would a curfew violation deter youth being out on the streets?

The article has some links to some interesting articles. 2 notable articles are:

Two articles (that are not linked to in the new article) that are excellent resources for examining youth crime, problem solving, and determining a police response are:

The Philadelphia PD should take the time to be familiar with the “Pulling Levers” article by Kennedy it is a seminal article on the topic of specific deterrence. It also showed how Boston PD reduced their problem of youth and gun violence.

Tough-on-Crime Policies Important, Shows New Report | National Review

A new report finds that instead of cracking down on crime by reducing poverty through greater social and capital investments, crime should be tackled by enforcing strict criminal laws, prosecuting criminals, and sending them to prison.
— Read on www.nationalreview.com/corner/a-new-report-demonstrates-the-importance-of-tough-on-crime-policies/

Advocates call on city, state to tackle ‘root causes’ of subway safety instead of heavy policing | amNewYork

Make sure to check out the 12 page report that is available on the website.

Transit advocates want city and state leaders to tackle what activists said are the root causes of subway safety concerns, rather than throwing law
— Read on www.amny.com/transit/advocates-call-on-city-state-to-tackle-root-causes-of-subway-safety-instead-of-heavy-policing/

Milwaukee Police Department on Atlas One: MPD Releases the 2022 Community Report

On Friday, June 10, 2022, to continue to promote transparency and legitimacy with our community, the Milwaukee Police Department announced the release of the 2022 Milwaukee Police Department’s Community Report: Strategies, Initiatives and Partnerships.

The Community Report is intended to highlight the efforts of the department’s ongoing and new initiatives in the context of crime trends and to present opportunities for the community to engage in the process. Where available, we include data and links to where the community can readily access real-time data.

The Milwaukee Police Department is committed to working with our community and system partners to build sustainable neighborhoods free of crime that are built on positive relationships. We are better together.

— Read on atlasone.app/a/alerts/040370eb-0b1a-4ea0-9d69-0e01b22358d0

Leveraging Situational Crime Prevention to Combat Retail Crime and Loss

This is a very interesting article that discusses several different crime strategies. It is worth the read. I provides a broad example of what crime-fighting strategies loss prevention should consider.

Dr. Read Hayes provides multiple deterrence strategies and developments to potentially decrease retail robberies.
— Read on losspreventionmedia.com/leveraging-situational-crime-prevention-to-combat-retail-crime-and-loss/