Police officers are taking proactive steps to deter crime. These tactics take form as aggressive patrol tactics and saturation patrol, blending and decoy operations, stakeout operations, sting operations, civil liability and code enforcement teams, and both efforts against drunk drivers and aggressive driving. How do police incorporate these proactive tactics? One of the Uniformed Tactical Operations used by police is aggressive patrolling.
Aggressive patrol tactics has proven to reduce crime, but it is seen by many as violation of citizen's civil liberties and rights. In aggressive patrolling, police officers will stop numerous citizens “and vehicles in an attempt to find evidence that they may have committed a crime or may be committing a crime.” (Dempsey & Forst, 2005) The second type of Uniformed Tactical Operations is saturation patrol. In this tactic, more officers are placed in a certain geographical area where crime has been shown to be prominent.
[...] A decoy vehicle again can be used to slow down aggressive drivers because they can never be too sure of who is watching them. Proven Methodology Police officers have been incorporating these tactics to either stop crime in action or stop it from occurring again. Their proactive methods have not gone unnoticed. Sources used Dempsey, John S. and Linda S. Forst (2005). Introduction to Policing. Oregon: Wadsworth Publishing. [...]
[...] Police will stop every driver to greet them to make sure there is no sign of an intoxicated driver. If a intoxicated driver is suspected, the police will use what is referred to as a sobriety test. During this test the suspected intoxicated driver under go a series of coordination skill tests and a breathalyzer text. The failure of either test will result in the suspect's arrest. Road Rage or aggressive driving is another danger on the roads. “Aggressive driving is not necessarily defined as a specific offense but rather is a combination of several violations including speeding, tailgating, driving on the shoulder, and not signaling when changing lanes.” (Dempsey & Forst, 2005) Frustration while driving is normally the cause of road rage. [...]
[...] Sting operations involve the use of an undercover police officer. This method has been used for many years to be effective. Police officers receive information about a crime, to prevent it from occurring again police officers will set up video surveillance and record conversations. The recordings become evidence that can be used later in the criminal court proceedings. Civil Liability and Code Enforcement Teams Civil Liability and Code Enforcement Teams tactics are used to ensure the quality of housing and life for the civilians of the cities. [...]
[...] Since drivers tend to slow down when they see a police car, this tactic is used to prevent crime, such as speeding, from occurring. In this tactic, police officers use a marked unoccupied police vehicle. Stakeout and Sting Operations With a stakeout, armed police officers will hide in an area of a building or a store and wait for crime, such as a robbery, to occur. When trouble occurs, the owner of the building or store will yell for police. This usually happens when police officers are notified by a tip that a crime will happen. [...]
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