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Police Crime Control Strategies, 1st Edition

  • Larry Hoover
  • ISBN-10: 1133691625
  • ISBN-13: 9781133691624
  • 320 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

POLICE CRIME CONTROL STRATEGIES is a practical, realistic, one-of-a-kind book that provides readers with a balanced assessment of approaches to police crime reduction. Written by an expert in the field of law enforcement, this book covers the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of approaches including crime-specific, community-oriented, problem-oriented, hot spot targeting, concentrated patrol deployment, broken windows enforcement, and intelligence-guided. Opening chapters trace the accumulating evidence for the substantial impact upon crime that focused police efforts can have. Community and problem-oriented programs are reviewed in the context of their employment for crime reduction. State-of-the-art strategies are organized by three targeting foci: geographic, offense, and offender. The role of investigative units in proactive crime reduction is critically assessed and Compstat as a framework receives special attention. Also discussed are crime strategy meetings, and staffing and deployment for crime control. Care is taken to review both the successes and failures of structured efforts both in suburban environments and major cities so that readers are provided with an unbiased overview of policing in the real world.


  • This book presents an unbiased review of multiple approaches to police crime reduction so that students gain a solid understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.

  • The development of science in policing is covered chronologically in the opening chapters in order to provide students with a framework for the material they will encounter later in the book. For example, coverage includes O.W. Wilson's "Police Administration," the turbulent '60s, and today's emphasis upon deployment guided by GIS analysis.

  • Crime interdiction initiatives are organized into a typology-- geographic concentration, offense targeting, and offender oriented -- in order to provide students with meaningful and contrasting perspectives.

  • This innovative book includes two complete chapters on the evolving role of Compstat, from its origins in New York to today's widespread adaptations. Two additional chapters review first allocation and then deployment for crime control.

  • Students are given multiple opportunities to practice and review the material through Review Questions, Real World Scenario exercises, Application Activities, learning objectives, and key term definitions.

  • A robust supplement package includes a PowerLecture™ DVD for instructors and WebTutor Advantage Plus for Blackboard. Criminal Justice CourseMate with Engagement Tracker is available for Police Crime Control Strategies.


"I have used a myriad of books in [a "Current Police Policies"] class…from community policing, problem oriented policing, policing for homeland security, compstat books, etc. Having a one volume book that covers each of these policing strategies would streamline the number of books I use in the class."
— Willard Oliver

About the Author

Larry Hoover

Larry T. Hoover, Ph.D., received his doctorate from Michigan State University. He has been on the criminal justice faculty at Sam Houston State University since 1977 and currently directs its Police Research Center. A former police officer in Lansing, Michigan and training coordinator with the Michigan Law Enforcement Officer's Training Council, he also served on the faculty at Michigan State University from 1972 to 1977. Dr. Hoover, a past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, is the recipient of numerous awards and the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. His current endeavors include the administration of a statewide police information management system (CRIMES), presiding over a Major Cities Chiefs' Seminar Series sponsored by the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, and directing the Texas Major Cities Research Initiative.

Table of Contents

1. Police Crime Control Strategy Development.
2. The Police Effect on Crime.
3. The Role of Community Policing.
4. Focusing Community- and Problem-Oriented Approaches on Crime Reduction.
5. A Typology of Crime Reduction Strategies.
6. Geographic Targeting Strategies.
7. Offense Targeting Strategies.
8. Offender Targeting Strategies.
9. Compstat and Crime Control.
10. Conducting Crime Strategy Meetings.
11. The Resurrection of Sherlock Holmes.
12. Staffing for Crime Control.
13. Deployment for Crime Control.
14. Limitations on the Police Role.
15. Evaluating Strategic Impact.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

PowerLecture with ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 1133692281 | ISBN-13: 9781133692287)

PowerLecture™ with ExamView® to accompany Police Crime Control Strategies includes the Instructor's Manual, ExamView® computerized test bank, PowerPoint® lecture slides, and more.

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