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Understanding and Responding to Crime and Disorder Hot Spots

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This guide instructs users in the features, identification, analysis, and police response to “hot spots,” defined as small areas (e.g., addresses, single street blocks, small groups of street blocks) with high levels of crime, disorder, accidental injury, or any other matter that requires police attention.
This guide highlights hot spots policing, which is sometimes referred to as place-based policing and is highly compatible with problem-oriented policing and the scanning, analysis, response, and assessment (SARA) model. This guide uses the SARA model as a framework to discuss the process of understanding and responding to hot spots.
Date Created: November 21, 2019